TTIP vs tax justice

The leaked Panama Papers have made tax-avoiding companies frontpage news. But tax havens and loopholes are not the only tools the rich and powerful can use to avoid paying their fair share. In some cases, big corporations are even using TTIP-style ‘corporate courts’ to sue governments trying to collect taxes from them.

From India to Romania, corporations are successfully suing governments, winning compensation and getting lower tax bills. Less tax income means that governments struggle to tackle poverty and to provide quality healthcare and other public services. 

Suitcase of cash with Vodafone logo on

Ironically, some corporations use shell companies in British tax havens to launch their lawsuits. We need to stop this.

Please tell the government to stand up to tax-avoiding companies and bring an end to undemocratic ‘corporate courts’ through trade deals like TTIP.

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We’ve uncovered cases from 24 countries, from India to Romania, where governments are being sued in tax related cases. Just look at:
  • Ecuador – sued by an Anglo-French oil company after introducing new taxes on windfall profits in the oil sector
  • Mexico – successfully sued by several US agribusiness giants - including Cargill – for introducing a 'sugar tax' on soft drinks
  • Romania – successfully sued by a food corporation when the government removed its tax breaks in order to comply with EU rules

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