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U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres and Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari attend a press conference in Abuja, Nigeria, on May 4.
U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres and Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari attend a press conference in Abuja, Nigeria, on May 4.

Will the U.N. Tax Convention Empower Africa?

Global tax reforms resisted by richer nations could reduce reliance on tax havens and bring much-needed revenue to African governments.

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Ones and Tooze Override Photo

Ones and Tooze Podcast: Why the American Tax System Is Such a Mess

It’s progressive on paper, but in reality it’s unfair and inefficient.

A stranded man without a train ticket sits in front of a police barricade outside the railway station in New Delhi on May 12, 2020.
A stranded man without a train ticket sits in front of a police barricade outside the railway station in New Delhi on May 12, 2020.

Biden’s Foreign Policy for the Middle Class Has a Blind Spot

Enriching middle-class Americans at the expense of their counterparts in the developing world will come back to haunt the United States.

Chilean President Sebastián Piñera delivers a press conference a day after he was mentioned in the Pandora Papers, a media investigation exposing world leaders’ use of tax havens, at La Moneda presidential palace in Santiago, Chile, on Oct. 4.
Chilean President Sebastián Piñera delivers a press conference a day after he was mentioned in the Pandora Papers, a media investigation exposing world leaders’ use of tax havens, at La Moneda presidential palace in Santiago, Chile, on Oct. 4.

Hips Don’t Lie (and Neither Do Receipts)

Latin American leaders—and pop stars—are ensnared in the Pandora Papers leak.

U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen
U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen

Is Biden’s Global Corporate Tax a Revolution—or a Retreat?

Progressives are upset with Biden’s modest proposal, but if implemented it would be a big step in global tax reform.

Anti-Amazon activists gather for a rally in Fournès, France.
Anti-Amazon activists gather for a rally in Fournès, France.

Big Tech and Other Multinationals Are About to Pay a Lot More in Taxes

Biden and the Europeans are close to agreement on a virtual revolution in international corporate tax policies.

Members of Congress of South African Trade Unions march to the National Treasury during their strike against corruption and unemployment in Pretoria on Oct. 7, 2020.
Members of Congress of South African Trade Unions march to the National Treasury during their strike against corruption and unemployment in Pretoria on Oct. 7, 2020.

U.S. Tax Policy Can Help Africa’s Fight Against Illicit Financial Flows

The Biden administration can stop multinational companies, criminals, and kleptocrats from siphoning off Africa’s wealth.

Protesters in Seattle demand Amazon be taxed.
Protesters in Seattle demand Amazon be taxed.

The World Is Closer Than Ever to Making Corporations Pay Up

Forget the naysayers. The global fight against corporate tax dodgers finally looks winnable.

Janet Yellen speaks in Wilmington, Delaware.
Janet Yellen speaks in Wilmington, Delaware.
Wind power generators are enveloped in a smoky sky near the Millard fire near Cabazon, California, on July 15, 2006.
Wind power generators are enveloped in a smoky sky near the Millard fire near Cabazon, California, on July 15, 2006.

Stimulus Is an Environmental Disaster Waiting to Happen

A public jobs guarantee is the only way to provide economic recovery without endangering the climate.

Rep. Joaquin Castro wears a face mask
Rep. Joaquin Castro wears a face mask

Democrats Push for Foreign Aid in Coronavirus Stimulus Fight

While Congress and the White House remain far apart on COVID-19 stimulus talks, some Democrats hope to restore lost U.S. prestige by adding foreign aid to the bill.

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debunker-wealth-tax-mark-harris-illustration-09032020-horizontal_layout

Don’t Believe the Hype. Wealth Taxes Are Nothing New.

Lessons from ancient Greece and Islamic finance for creating a tax that will benefit the poor—and the wealthy, too.

People wait in line as a food bank hands out 1,600 food bags at a pop-up pantry in San Francisco on April 20, amid historic work furloughs and layoffs caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
People wait in line as a food bank hands out 1,600 food bags at a pop-up pantry in San Francisco on April 20, amid historic work furloughs and layoffs caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

A Tale of Two Rescue Plans

The United States suffers record unemployment while Europe fares better in battling the coronavirus shutdown.

A man begs for money in the snow along 42nd Street in Times Square in New York on March 21, 2018.
A man begs for money in the snow along 42nd Street in Times Square in New York on March 21, 2018.

America Needs a New Economic Philosophy. Foreign Policy Experts Can Help.

The United States cannot get grand strategy right if it gets economic policy wrong.

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) (right) talks with Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) as they attend a press event on tax reform on Sept. 27, at the Capitol in Washington, D.C. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)
U.S. Senate Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) (right) talks with Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) as they attend a press event on tax reform on Sept. 27, at the Capitol in Washington, D.C. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

The GOP Tax Plan Is a Threat to National Security

As our federal debt spirals up and up, military readiness will inevitably suffer.

NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 08:  Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) on December 8, 2016 in New York City. Stocks began today higher following yesterday's rally, the best day for the market since the presidential election.  (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 08: Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) on December 8, 2016 in New York City. Stocks began today higher following yesterday's rally, the best day for the market since the presidential election. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Why the Trump Economic Boom Will Never Come

Yes, the markets are looking good (for now). But subsidized deal-making and tax cuts for the rich are the surest sign of a bubble.

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