Oxfam America

For A Program To Promote Equitable Tax Policies In Ghana

Overview
Oxfam America works closely with local civil society organizations around the world to promote transparency of government revenues and spending and to increase public participation in decisions about how public resources are allocated and spent. Tackling inequality is one of Oxfam’s primary pillars of work and the impact of COVID-19 has elevated this issue to the top of the global development policy agenda. One of Oxfam’s approaches to addressing inequality is through taxation. With this grant, Oxfam will implement a project in Ghana to increase domestic revenues by focusing on property, wealth, and corporate taxation. Oxfam will work with two district governments to use innovative technology to facilitate property valuation and tax collection. Oxfam will also design and deploy the Ghana Responsible Tax Index, which ranks companies annually based on their level of tax compliance and disclosure of tax payment information. The information generated from the district pilots and the index will support Oxfam’s advocacy efforts to increase property taxation and corporate tax compliance. (Strategy: Transparency, Participation, and Accountability)
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226 Causeway Street, 5th Floor, Boston, MA, 02114, United States
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