The call for GST exemptions on food is a regular feature of New Zealand politics, but it’s far from the simple cost of living solution many seem to think it is.
A wealth tax has long been in the too hard basket for successive governments, but it’s time to take it out and properly debate the fairness of the current system.
Ending GST on some foods is being touted as a way to reduce food poverty. But cheap food comes with a high environmental and health cost. Is there a way to value food but reduce hardship?
A month when the cost of living crisis will be harshly felt.
Farmers from the Groundswell movement want more concessions from the government but the environmental and economic cost might be more than New Zealand can afford.
South Africa’s carbon tax is in line with the international ‘polluter pays’ principle.
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The urgency of the climate crisis was overshadowed by the COVID-19 pandemic for a while, but the South African government displayed a renewed climate focus over the past year.
Can modern society afford billionaires?
Some tools of the trade for sex workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Government support programs like CERB and EI provide a safety net. During COVID-19, sex workers accessed various financial support — future policy needs to address the rights and security of sex workers.
Rosa Eugenia uses a capulana masks produced at a small sewing workshop in Maputo, Mozambique.
Study shows that agriculture, one of the most important sectors, did not decline in 2020 compared to its historical trend. Service sectors were hit hard in each of the five countries.
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Should the chancellor cut taxes to win votes ahead of the next election? It’s tempting but a lesson from history shows what happens when you go too far.
Global plastic supply chains have been altered by COVID-19.
The problem of increasing plastic waste has been exacerbated by the pandemic, requiring better regulation and monitoring to solve.
Why the super-rich are targeting the Mount Rushmore state.
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A taxation expert explains why South Dakota has become a favorite state for the ultra-rich when it comes to squirreling away their wealth.
U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez making a fashion statement.
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In 1950, the top 0.01% of earners paid almost 70% of their income in taxes. By 2018, the super-rich paid proportionately less than the average for all other Americans.
How to raise taxes and be Conservative at the same time.
Boris Johnson is raising national insurance for employees and employers to help pay for the NHS and social care.
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Some economists think it should be replaced.
Australian retirees can keep stashing away more superannuation, unused, for another year, even though the crisis prompting the concession has passed. The big winners? Rich retirees and their kids.
Soweto residents protest over lack of electricity.
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The practice of using electricity revenue surpluses to fund other municipal services is running out of road.
Not all tax havens come with fancy resorts and sun-drenched beaches.
The G-7 wants to set a minimum global tax rate, which would make it harder for countries to act as tax havens.
Workers sort coffee beans at a coffee estate in Ruiru, a suburb on the outskirts of Nairobi.
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Kenya needs to address spending inefficiencies to attain the goals outlined in the budget.
Should America’s billionaires be paying more tax?
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Wriggling out of paying taxes may be legal, but is it right? Aristotle, Immanuel Kant – and others – have their say.