When tax policies are fair and transparent, and the revenue reaped benefits the many rather than favoring a few, tax equity is the result. Sadly, this equity does not exist in many countries where we work.
To help right this injustice, IBP established a tax equity initiative with a focus on helping civil society build ties with diverse actors to influence domestic tax reform.
Many countries, especially those with low incomes, are struggling with the triple challenge of spiraling debt, massive recovery needs and widening inequities. Promoting tax systems that are fair and equitable will help countries to mobilize revenue and provide better services for all people.
Regular citizens have historically played a very limited role in the formulation of tax policies. Decision-making about taxes has been shielded from public scrutiny, negotiated among a small group of policymakers and elite actors, including rich and influential individuals and businesses. This is starting to change as more groups around the world employ effective strategies to make tax systems more fair and equitable.
We have documented these new approaches and are growing a movement of partners to advance good practices and forge coalitions to promote tax systems where everyone pays their share and governments have more revenue to provide services to everyday people. In 2020, we joined the Addis Tax Initiative, a partnership endorsed by more than 40 governments and other stakeholders to mobilize domestic revenue. We especially resonate with its 2025 Declaration that revenues should be raised in a way that advances equity and that legislators, media and civil society play a critical role in these efforts.
To date, we have:
Our longstanding Mexican partner FUNDAR advocated against lopsided tax amnesties for the rich and for transparency in federal tax policies. By 2020, the list of who received $548 billion pesos in tax amnesty was finally released to the public. The outcry led to a constitutional reform prohibiting tax amnesties.
The number of partners we work with to promote tax equity in Latin America.
The number of organizations we mapped that are part of an emerging field of civil society engagement with domestic tax issues.
The number of countries in which civil society is engaged in domestic tax issues