Covid-19 — will tax justice finally triumph?

The corona crisis is the story of health workers working around the clock to save lives and a health system pushed to the brink by budget restrictions. But it is also the story of money lost because of tax evasion and tax avoidance practices.

Sierra Leone currently has one doctor per 10,000 inhabitants. Ratios could be improved if governments recovered taxes lost due to tax avoidance. Photo: Mustafa Öztürk (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Mali has three ventilators per million people; Sierra Leone has only one ventilator for the whole country

The race to the bottom

Health and tax avoidance, an interlinked story

If governments were to recover [lost taxes], they could fund public hospitals, improve … health care, [and] provide the … means to health workers to do their work under good conditions

Two-faced charity

What next?

Will governments, finally, have the willingness and courage to tackle this issue?

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