Tax Justice Network
TJN is a research, analysis and advocacy group, which is composed of a coalition of international researchers, social movements and activists with a shared concern about tax avoidance, tax "competitiveness", tax evasion, and tax havens. TJN has a particular focus on offshore financial centres that behave as corporate tax havens.
TJN's goal is to achieve progressive, democratic, and socially just tax systems. It carries out campaigns from an internationalist perspective whose purpose is to develop a fiscal system that finances public good, and mitigates public wrongs, such as pollution and unacceptable inequality.
The Global Alliance for Tax Justice was spun off from TJN in 2013. It is a growing movement of civil society organisations and activists, including trade unions, united in campaigning for greater transparency, democratic oversight and redistribution of wealth in national and global tax systems.
Financial Secrecy Index
TJN's Financial Secrecy Index ranks jurisdictions according to their secrecy and the scale of their offshore financial activities. A politically neutral ranking, it is a tool for understanding global financial secrecy, tax havens or secrecy jurisdictions, and illicit financial flows or capital flight. Good summary of the UK Tax System
Tax Justice Focus Newsletter
Secrecy jurisdictions are the beating core of financial capitalism, with London as its epicentre. John Christensen, co-founder of the Tax Justice Network.
- Sept.14.2018: The Spider's Web: Britain's Second Empire (film). How Britain transformed from a colonial power into a global financial power. At the demise of Empire, City of London financial interests created a web of offshore secrecy jurisdictions that captured wealth from across the globe and hid it behind obscure financial structures in a web of offshore islands. Today, up to half of global offshore wealth may be hidden in British offshore jurisdictions and Britain and its offshore jurisdictions are the largest global players in the world of international finance. How did this come about, and what impact does it have on the world today? (Also on YouTube.) Michael Oswald, writer, director, producer, SpidersWebFilm.com. Good review here by OpenDemocracy.
- Jan.03.2018: HSBC: Gangsters of Finance. We recommend this newly-released film. Since the 2008 crisis, HSBC has been involved in countless scandals: Money laundering for drug cartels, corruption, tax fraud… And yet the international bank escapes justice with insignificant fines. Why are they “too big to jail?” Naomi Fowler, Tax Justice Network.
- Jan.08.2011: The truth about tax havens. What do we really know about tax havens? In an extract from his book "Treasure Islands: Tax Havens and the Men Who Stole the World", Nicholas Shaxson explains how they work and why they are so rife with secrecy, corruption and intimidation. Nicholas Shaxson, The Guardian. Linkback: Tax Avoidance.