I don’t know if you think much about tax?  I generally avoid thinking about it until its that time of the year again.  But its really important - tax is good!  Public health care, roads and transport, education, emergency services…even the ABC and Peppa Pig are things we enjoy because of public funding through tax.  

Over the last couple of days at Voices for Justice, we’ve been learning a lot about tax dodging - basically, the way that corporations and individuals take advantage of ‘creative accounting’ and tax havens to minimise the amount of corporate tax they pay,  For example, you may have heard about the example of Google in Australia - that while they made an estimated $1,000,000,000 profit in the Australia market in 2011, they paid only $74,176 in tax (no…that’s not a typo…there’s no missing zeros!)  That a lot of money not being returned into the infrastructure and services of the Australian community.  Read about it here.  And they’re not alone…this is common business practice - at least 61 of the ASX Top 100 companies have subsidiaries companies in tax haven countries.

However, the effect it has to us pales in comparison with the impact these business practices have on developing nations...


How does that make you feel?  Is this something we should care about? What has it got to do with worship? I’ll share some more thoughts tomorrow…

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