A Regional Tax Research Conference will be held on October 27-28, 2011 in Jakarta, Indonesia. This conference is being organized by Action for Economic Reforms (AER) in cooperation with Jubilee South – Asia-Pacific Movement for Debt and Development (JS-APMDD), Perkumpulan Prakarsa and members of the Tax Justice Southeast Asia Network with the support of SOMO and Christian Aid.
On 4 May 2011, a Forum on Tax Justice was held at the ASEAN Civil Society Conference/ASEAN People’s Forum 2011 in Jakarta, Indonesia. The forum was organized by Action for Economic Reforms, Jubilee South/Asia-Pacific Movement on Debt and Development (JSAPMDD), Christian Aid and Perkumpulan Prakarsa. The forum aimed to provide the basic principles of tax justice and an overview on […]
On 21-22 March 2011, the Southeast Asian Strategy Workshop on Tax Justice was held at the Astoria Plaza Hotel in Pasig City. The workshop was organized by Action for Economic Reforms and Jubilee South/Asia-Pacific Movement on Debt and Development (JSAPMDD) in cooperation with Christian Aid (CA). The organizers are part of the global project, “Towards Tax Justice”.
While some pioneering civil society groups have long been campaigning for fairer tax systems, the critical role of tax in achieving development and social justice has often been neglected by civil society in the North and the South. For many, tax is a complex topic, best left to ‘experts’. But this need not be the case.
Tax may appear technical, but it is an issue too critical to bypass. Fair and effective tax collection is essential for raising the revenue to deliver services that citizens need. It is a powerful tool for redistributing wealth within society to address poverty and inequality. And tax is the glue that builds accountability of governments to their citizens.
This paper argues that one way of solving the deficit is by adjusting the excise tax on cigarettes and tobacco products, two of the so-called “sin products.” There are inconsistencies in the current tax structure and tax data5 prove that these are sources of leakages. As a result, the “sin tax” has not been meeting its revenue potential.