FRIDAY SEMINAR SERIES | Apple, corporate tax avoidance and the campaign for global tax justice
14th Oct 2016 1:00pm
An Institute for the Study of Social Change and School of Social Sciences seminar
Professor Richard Eccleston & Dr Hannah Murphy-Gregory, University of Tasmania
A B S T R A C T
The recent ruling by the EU Commission that Apple, arguably the world’s most profitable company, owed the Irish government €13 billion in back taxes is the latest battle in the global campaign for tax justice. There is clearly a growing determination to ensure that the estimated $700 billion in corporate profits booked in tax havens every year is subject to ‘fair’ levels of taxation. Yet the fact remains that the taxation of multi-national corporations is incredibly complex and fiercely contested.
This seminar will provide an overview of the current international debate about multi-national tax avoidance and will assess the prospects for achieving meaningful reform. We argue that the global campaign for tax justice is a critical test of the capacity to govern contemporary capitalism in the early 21st century.
A B O U T T H E S P E A K E R S
Richard Eccleston has published widely on the politics of international over the last 10 years. His book, The Dynamics of Global Economic Governance: The Financial Crisis and the politics of international tax cooperation, is in its second edition.
Hannah Murphy-Gregory is a lecturer in the Politics and International Relations program of the School of Social Sciences. Her research focuses on the roles of NGOs in the process of governance and she has published research on NGOs at the WTO, World Bank, ILO and OECD.
Richard is an editor of a forthcoming book Paying Their Fair Share? Activists, multi-national corporations and the campaign for international tax justice, to which Hannah is a key contributor. This research is funded by the Australian Research Council with the support of the ISC’s Governance, Activism and Social Licence research group.
W H E N
Friday 14 October 2016, 1.00pm to 1.50pm
W H E R E
Room 346, Humanities Building, University of Tasmania, Sandy Bay Campus
C O N T A C T
Dr Louise Grimmer for more information or directions to the venue.
This is a free seminar and everyone is welcome to attend. We look forward to seeing you!