Global corporate taxation and resources for quality public services

Laura Figazzolo and Bob Harris

published 14 December 2011 updated 7 January 2022

This report explains how the resources for investment in people can be found. Billions of dollars and euros are lost to communities because tax laws are national while the economy is global, and that simple fact has created unprecedented opportunities for tax minimization and avoidance.

Global corporations have opportunities for tax avoidance that national enterprises do not have, let alone small business owners and wage and salary earners. Even without changing the tax laws, closing just some of these loopholes would make a huge difference in public resources. Closing loopholes will require changing mentalities – and political will. It means changing the widespread acceptance of tax avoidance as a legitimate goal of large corporations.