Our inaugural paper “Tax Hells” has been created to benchmark those jurisdictions that combine high tax regimes with ongoing government mismanagement. Our goal is to create an annual index and highlight jurisdictional frameworks year after year.
The Tax Hells Index is an in-depth look at both the qualitative and quantitative data that is released annually by both the IMF and The World Bank.
The 1841 Foundation was able to create a comprehensive index and critically examine 82 countries against a stringent framework.
The data examined included much more than tax data, but also examined governments and their ability to function efficiently and effectively for their citizens.
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The 1841 Foundation has sent a letter to the United States Secretary of the Treasury to express concerns that the United States might be sharing the private financials of individuals with bank deposits in the country with the authorities in Argentina.
Argentina is a country that has consistently violated the privacy rights of many of its citizens, by consistently leaking to the press private financial and tax information.
The balance between privacy and transparency is an important matter for “The 1841 Foundation” and a topic that needs to always be defended and promoted. This initiative was signed by deputies and economists of Argentina, among other notable personalities.
The 1841 Foundation has conducted an analysis on the proposed tax legislation in Honduras known as the "Bill on Tax Justice", which suggests transitioning from a Territorial Tax System to a Global Tax System. The analysis goes through the potential implications of this change, including exemptions for foreign income, simplification of tax compliance, promotion of foreign investment, impact on competitiveness, and potential effects on different socio-economic groups. The findings highlight important considerations for the authorities to evaluate before implementing the proposed reform. Read the letter to learn more about this subject.
The 1841 Foundation has expressed its concerns to OECD about Argentina's violation of privacy rights by leaking private financial and tax information to the press. While recognizing the need for governments to access taxpayer information, it is understood the importance of balancing privacy rights and government interests. In this letter it is suggested to the OECD that rewards should be given to countries that prioritize the rule of law and privacy protection. Argentina's unauthorized disclosures, lack of integrity, and weakening of the rule of law are worrying. It was recommended to suspend Argentina from receiving information under CRS until assurances are given regarding data safety. The Foundation also requested a private meeting with the OECD to discuss improvements to CRS based on the highlighted issues.