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Tax reforms generally imply a trade-off between average income and inequality. from www.shutterstock.com

How raising tax for high-income earners would reduce inequality, improve social welfare in New Zealand

At 33%, New Zealand's highest income tax rate is relatively low compared to other economies. Lifting it and cutting tax for low-income earners could improve welfare.
The Panama Papers was the biggest-ever collaboration for investigative journalism, involving 400 journalists in 80 countries who collectively produced 6,000 stories in 100 different media outlets. Shutterstock

Media Files: investigative journalist Bastian Obermayer, who led the Panama Papers tax exposé

Media Files: investigative journalist Bastian Obermayer, who led the Panama Papers tax exposé. The Conversation, CC BY80.6 MB (download)
Today we meet Bastian Obermayer, the Pulitizer prize-winning journalist who led the Panama Papers investigation into global tax evasion.
President Nana Akufo-Addo of Ghana addresses the United Nations General Assembly, at U.N. headquarters in September 2017. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

Lessons from religious groups for a ‘Ghana beyond aid’

Ghanaians respond positively to financial appeals from churches compared to how they respond to paying taxes. Here's how, and why, Ghana's government should learn from religious groups.
Businessmen pass by Occupy Wall Street protesters at New York’s Zuccotti Park in 2011. AP Photo/Kathy Willens

Are the rich more selfish than the rest of us?

The wealthy evade taxes and are less likely to donate to charity, but does this mean they're more selfish than everyone else? New research suggests not.
The amount of tax payable from Australian corporations went down in this latest report. www.shutterstock.com

The tax office’s transparency reporting is looking a little opaque

As long as the ATO doesn't question why companies are reporting zero tax payable on their income, the public won't know if serious tax avoidance is happening.
BHP Billiton is reporting details of its tax thanks to new UK regulations, however its still not completely transparent. David Crosling/AAP

Australian companies have more work to do on tax transparency

A number of Australian companies have released tax reports to the public in a bid to show transparency, however those reports are still incomplete.
If the government wants to get serious about tax evasion it should create a public register for beneficial owners of companies. Martin Philbey/AAP

To really tackle corporate tax evasion we need a public register

The government should follow through on setting up a register of beneficial ownership of companies if it wants to get serious about tax evasion.
Activists outside the European Commission show their disdain for existing measures against tax evasion and money laundering. REUTERS/Yves Herman

Africa needs to develop new ways of stemming illicit financial flows

In Africa, commercial activities are the largest component of illicit financial flows. This is followed by organised crime and then public sector corruption.

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