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When companies don’t pay their fair share of tax, it hits the world’s poorest people the hardest – depriving their governments of money that could be spent on vital services like hospitals, schools and clean water. Without these, people in developing countries simply don’t have a fair chance of overcoming poverty. Together we can do something about it.

With your help, we can push for a change in the rules that would force companies to be transparent about the tax they pay in every country they operate in. When this happens, it’ll be much easier to hold companies to account, and start to make sure developing countries are getting every penny they’re due – these are funds that could be used for vital services that people depend on.

Oxfam's film on tax dodging has been made to illustrate the very real impacts it can have on the health systems of developing countries around the world, but isn’t specific to any one country.

Demand change

Sign this petition to urge the Indian Government to activate Public Country-By-Country Reporting – a change in the rules that would force multinational corporations to be upfront and honest about the taxes they pay, in all the countries they operate in.

 

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It’s a big step towards ending poverty for good.

The world’s poorest people are being short-changed by more than $100 billion every year, by rules that allow tax dodging by hugely profitable multinational corporations. This is income that governments could use to pay for hospitals, clean water, schools that people living in poverty desperately need.

Through Oxfam's work fighting poverty around the world, we've seen the devastating impact that missing out on education, or medical treatment, or even the basics like clean water and sanitation, can have on a person’s life.

We can be the generation to ensure hundreds of millions of people have a fair chance of overcoming poverty. Essential to that is fair taxes being paid where profits are made.

Watch Oxfam GB's Director of Campaigns, Matthew Spencer, explain why we care about ending tax dodging and why we made this film to support our campaign.

India loses US$ 41.17 billion (approx Rs 2629 billion) due to corporate tax avoidance, or 2.34% of GDP, one of the highest in the world. This amount can help save 40 million Indians from being pushed into poverty every year due to unaffordable healthcare expenditure.

Every year, more than two and a half million babies in the world die before they are one month old. In India around 1.08 million children under the age of five years died in 2015. That comes to two children dying every sixty seconds. India is among the five countries (along with Pakistan, Nigeria, Congo and Ethiopia) responsible for half of all new-born deaths in the world, according to a UN report.

We’re asking people to share the video with their friends and family, to raise awareness about the problem of widespread tax avoidance that see developing countries deprived of vital funds that could be used for hospitals and schools. We’re also asking people to demand the Government of India to stop corporate tax avoidance.

Indians don't generally debate the health policy. It allows the government to get away without providing quality healthcare and spending abysmal amount on healthcare. It’s estimated that each year 2.34 percent of the GDP is lost to tax dodging, an amount that is sufficient to achieve free health coverage for all Indians. We want the government to take strict action against corporates that avoid taxes, so that revenue losses can be chanelled towards providing free healthcare for all.

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Meet Cecillia and Rasheda

An end to tax dodging could help change the lives of millions of people living in poverty around the world. It would give their governments funds they could and should spend on vital services that men, women and children desperately need. Watch the films below to meet Cecillia and Rasheda and see what this would mean to them.

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