Thematic Areas

Tax Power

Tax Power 3 - National & international sources of local problems

Tax Power 3 - National & international sources of local problems

Key ideas

  • Some problems are just local. Yet in many cases, national and international events have effects on poverty at the local level.
  • Tax is collected from people, distributed through the Ministry of Finance budget and spent through the state to pay civil servant salaries and public services. Yet, corruption, misallocation and inefficiency prevent this system from functioning.
  • Corruption of public funds is stealing from taxpayers.
  • A common problem in governments is the lack of funds to pay for public services. Big foreign companies can contribute their share through tax.
  • Big foreign companies make their profits from using resources in our country. They should pay tax where business is done and profits are made.
  • Big foreign companies provide some jobs and sometimes build schools or roads where they operate. But this is very little compared to the big profits they make by not paying their fair share of tax.

Possible tools

  1. The national cow – tax makes the budget grow
  2. Leaky pot – corruption, misallocation and tax avoidance
  3. The tax biscuit – who is eating all the biscuit?
  4. Chapatti diagram – who collects and spends tax, locally and nationally
  5. The tax scale – tax holidays for locals or for big companies?



Here you can download some useful resources.

Tools in this toolbox

Chapatti diagram

To explore relationships between things – particularly the relative importance, influence or power of people, organisations or gr…

Kite - grounding international work

To explore how international campaigns can be grounded and linked to the local level.The tool can be used to review or evaluate a…

Leaky pot

To explore how governments lose revenue through tax avoidance and corruption. This image of a leaking pot is used to support part…

Tax Biscuit

The fact that big foreign companies are taking more from poor countries than they are giving is explored through the image of a b…

The tax cow

The image of a cow is used to explore the idea of tax collection.ObjectiveTo highlight the importance of fair tax collection (mor…

The tax scale – tax holidays for locals or for bi…

With this tool participants explore the concept of tax holidays in big companies by comparing it to the VAT tool or the tool of t…