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Tax Wars: The Battle for Tax Justice

It’s estimated that $427 billion in tax is lost every year to global tax abuse by multinationals and wealthy individuals. The pandemic and war in Ukraine have exposed, as never before, the harsh realities of growing income inequality in a globalised economy. Since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, the world’s 10 richest men have doubled their fortunes while the income of 99 percent of humanity fell. Everywhere, government coffers are drained and public services cut. In developing countries, the spectre of a debt crisis has reappeared.

But the money to fund quality public services does exist: hidden in tax havens. ‘Tax Wars’ takes viewers behind the scenes of a global effort to put people before profits, hold multinationals accountable, and make the world’s most powerful corporations pay their fair share of taxes. Along with world-renowned experts like Joseph Stiglitz, Thomas Piketty, and Eva Joly, this film examines the limits of the international agreement on the taxation of multinationals announced in October 2021.

It also explores the possibility to trace all hidden wealth through the creation of a Global Asset Register. Efforts to sanction Russian oligarchs have been stymied by a a wall of financial secrecy. Too much wealth is hidden in tax havens, using bank accounts, companies, and trusts that aim to keep their final beneficiaries unidentifiable. ‘Tax Wars’ will highlight the mechanisms, underlying trends, and forces at work in the tax justice battle.

Ready June 2023

PRODUCTION INFO

  • Year: 2023
  • Duration: 90 & 52 mins
  • Production: Mechanix Films & Yuzu Productions
  • Director: Hege Dehli
  • Available Versions: ENG, FRA
  • Country of production: Norway & France