An Open Letter to Asian Governments:
Reject the Tax Deal of the Rich
As peoples and organizations committed to the transparent, accountable, and just restructuring of tax systems, we call on governments to take urgent measures to make tax and fiscal policies more responsive to the needs of people and the planet and reject policies and initiatives that will exacerbate inequalities within countries and across countries such as the OECD-G7-G20 Tax Deal.
The COVID-19 pandemic and its impacts on our citizens present a historic opportunity to transform tax systems. Given the urgency of providing solutions to these pressing needs, it is lamentable that proposals by the world’s richest nations fail to address fundamental inequities in our global tax architecture.
Tax "Deal of the Rich" will not benefit the
The COVID-19 pandemic and its impacts present a historical opportunity to reform global corporate taxation and transform our tax systems to make them more responsive to the needs of people and the planet. It is unconscionable that the solutions offered by the world’s elite countries only serve to reinforce inequalities in the global tax regime that have long excluded the voice and interests of developing countries and peoples in the Global South.
The Global Alliance for Tax Justice and many in the tax justice movement were critical regarding the leadership role of the OECD, which is a club of the rich, to reform international tax rules. To give its leadership the veil of legitimacy it created an Inclusive Framework (IF), which has so far barely gone beyond rubber stamping the Group of Seven (G7) “deal of the rich”. The proposals in the OECD-led Inclusive Framework’s statement on July 1 for new global tax rules, do not address the fundamental problems of the current international tax architecture. It is designed to accommodate the recent deal of the G7 on a global minimum corporate tax rate of 15%, and disregards the suggestions, proposals and reservations that a number of developing countries have put forward throughout many years of work.
DAY OF ACTION FOR TAX JUSTICE
With the rubber stamp of the G7 and the G20’s finance ministers earlier this year, the world’s wealthiest countries are doubling down on efforts to enact an inequitable and undemocratic tax deal for all countries to adopt. It is imperative for civil society organizations and governments to strongly reject this “tax deal of the rich” and rebuild our broken tax and fiscal systems to make them work for people and the planet. This can only be done under the auspices of genuinely inclusive, democratic, transparent, accountable and transformative governance mechanisms.
Amidst the multiple crises in health, the economy, and the climate, peoples in Asia continue to bear
the social and economic costs of fundamental flaws in national and international tax systems.
Illicit financial flows continue to strip away potential revenues critical for financing health and social services most needed for our survival, safety, healing and rebuilding. Tax competition, wide-ranging corporate tax incentives, and barriers to taxation of extractives and digital services remain rife
in the region. The escalating race to the bottom in corporate income tax regimes combined
with corruption, weak transparency frameworks and regulatory mechanisms have enabled
multinational corporations and domestic elites to siphon hundreds of billions out of our countries.