Fair tax regimes are vital to finance well-functioning states and to enable governments to uphold citizens’ rights to basic services, such as healthcare and education. Tax dodging by big corporations deprives governments of billions of dollars and drives rapidly increasing inequality, creating even more severe problems, to the budgets of developing countries. This is an important challenge which the EU and its members have to address.
With a view to the upcoming Anti-Tax Avoidance package of the European Commission, Oxfam, together with ActionAid and the EPSU, sent a letter to the Director-General for Taxation and Customs Union of the European Commission, Heinz Zourek. The document outlines the organisations' position and demands regarding corporate tax avoidance and an external strategy of the EU on tax good governance.