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Tax

Unfair tax systems rob the poor of a huge amount of tax each year.

Poor nations lose crucial revenue because the international financial system allows multinational companies to avoid paying taxes and money to be held secretly in tax havens.

The world's poor need greater transparency in international financial systems. This will make it easier for developing countries to claim the tax they are owed.

View the film below to learn more.

Tax

Whose duty? The true cost of flower imports

We spend over £1.5bn each year in the UK on cut flowers - it's a major source of income for a number of developing countries. This film, one of a series commissioned, editorially controlled and produced by Guardian Films, looks at the flower industry in Kenya. With horticulture now accounting for 14 per cent of Kenyan GDP, how much of that money actually benefits local people? Experts suspect that many of the flower companies are avoiding tax by shifting cost and profits offshore.

We know that more money is lost to tax avoidance each year than is generated in international aid. To find out more, click the button below and join the growing numbers of people demanding urgent action on tax.

Tax and malnutrition in Guatemala

Case Study

Although classified as a middle-income country Guatemala has the fifth highest rate of chronic malnutrition in the world. The poorest pay a far higher proportion of their income on the equivalent of VAT and other indirect taxes, while the business elite enjoy generous tax incentives. Some unscrupulous businesses use international financial secrecy to dodge paying tax in Guatemala.

We estimate that Guatemala may have lost around US$92m in 2007. This is equivalent of two-thirds of the entire annual budget for the fledgling welfare system. See how this money could make a difference for malnourished children in Guatemala.