The disregard of certain NGOs involved in crime fighting – like Tax Justice – for fundamental rights, is astonishing. Tax Justice shows no interest at all for the detrimental effects of the legislation of certain countries. E.g. they show no interest at all for the unlawful US legislation, like Citizenship-Based Taxation (that harms all US persons that are tax residents of the EU) and FBAR.
Countries have begun discussions at the UN over whether to establish a UN tax convention – which could slash the scope for tax abuse by multinational companies and wealthy individuals, in the biggest shakeup in international tax rules for a century. https://t.co/KZxSOqvGYk
— Tax Justice Network (@TaxJusticeNet) October 14, 2022
There was no reaction to this tweet I wrote to them:
— Ellen Timmer (@Ellen_Timmer) October 15, 2022
They call themselves a NGO, but are they really working for the good of the people? Or are they the marketing instruments of wealthy individuals or groups that finance them through their funds and in that way promote their political agenda. According to the annual accounts in 2021 most of the funding came from Open Society Foundations, Ford Foundation ($2,000,000!) and similar funds (page 20).
BACKGROND: US law causing problems for its citizens
- FATCA-report of the delegation of the European Parliament, visiting the US, 1 September 2022.
- European fundamental rights pretensions and sour reality, 1 December 2021.
- Fundamental change to international tax rules should include abolishment of Citizen Based Taxation | FATCA, financial fundamental rights, Europe, 23 April 2021.
FATCA and CBT show that governments may harm decent people in their efferts to ‘slash the scope for tax abuse’.