France: The Yellow Vests and their social media-driven tax revolt

Dec 14, 2020

In late 2018 and early 2019, a diffuse social movement known as the Yellow Vests (gilets jaunes) organized protests in France against various regressive tax policies. The protesters eventually augmented their initial demand to repeal the fuel tax by demanding the reintroduction of wealth taxation and the organization of citizen referenda to inform future policy choices.

Guatemala: Playing the insider / outsider game to reform tax administration

Dec 14, 2020

The Central American Institute for Fiscal Studies (ICEFI) took advantage of a major corruption scandal to call for new legislation to enhance accountability in the country’s revenue administration agency which was considered opaque and ineffective. As a result of the campaign, Congress eventually adopted a new law whose main innovations had been proposed by ICEFI.

Uganda: Working through coalitions to oppose unfair taxes

Dec 14, 2020

In 2018, the Tax Justice Alliance Uganda worked to oppose two controversial and regressive new taxes, one on mobile money transactions and the other on the use of social media. Their campaign was mobilized very quickly to respond to the government’s proposed new taxes before their enactment and included public awareness campaigns including radio programs in rural areas, press conferences, social media activity, petitions to legislators and court cases.

Mexico: The long fight to improve transparency and address the inequities of tax amnesties

Dec 14, 2020

In 2009, Fundar began a decade-long campaign to improve transparency around tax amnesties, calling them “fiscal privileges” and highlighting their negative impact on equity. In its campaign, Fundar deployed multiple advocacy strategies, including a long battle through the courts as well as a sustained mass media push and legislative advocacy.