Taxes - The Art of (Not) Sharing

18. 4. 2016 from 19:00 to 21:00

It’s a whip to be used on people, a way to take from them even the little they have, everyone must pay them; the sad fact is that those who have the most always arrange things so they don’t pay anything.”*
* A quote from a respondent to a public opinion survey on the subject of Czech and taxes that was conducted as part of the Glopolis project by Median Agency in October 2015.

Taxes are one way society can share its wealth. It’s not just about solidarity with the less wealthy. It’s a contribution towards a functional and safe society, towards public services such as education or healthcare or other public assets such as the development of culture or science. In addition, we often in part decide about taxes ourselves, about their collection in use, for example during elections. Despite this, a number of people see them as a burden or even as wasted money.

There are of course many other ways of sharing wealth. There are a number of recent examples where the richest people on the plant are promising to donate up to 99 % of their wealth to philanthropy (for example The Giving Pledge). On the other hand, they or their companies are precisely the ones who often are among the “champions” when it comes to funnelling profits to tax havens. In today’s global economy, corporate tax evasion and chronic failure to tax profits where they are created has the greatest impact on the poorest countries.

How can philanthropy and the use of tax havens coexist? Why do we dislike paying taxes, but send DMS donations? Should we rely on philanthropy and mutual solidarity rather than the state? How do corporations look upon the topic of fair taxation – will this become a new subject in the area of social responsibility? What is life like in a country “without taxes”? What are the concrete impacts on those living in developing countries, and what can we do to change this state of affairs?
Discussion participants:

•    Iva Petříčková, Executive Director of Business Leaders Forum
•    Lukáš Kovanda, head economist at the Roklen Fin financial group.
•    Henry Ushie, tax researcher and activist, Oxfam Novib, Nigeria

Moderator: Ondřej Kopečný, Glopolis.

The panel discussion is organized by Glopolis, an independent think-tank, and Centre DOX. The event is being held within the scope of the public programme to the Soul of Money exhibition.

The discussion will be held in Czech and English, with simultaneous interpreting into Czech or English available.

Reservation required:

Admission: 60 CZK / 40 CZ.

Free admission for DOX Friends.
DOX Prague, a.s