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Global Taxes:
Policy Instruments & Revenue Sources

This section of the website explores global taxes and their dual role as policy instruments and as revenue sources for international programs and institutions. Many policymakers, scholars, government agencies and international organizations have favored global taxes in recent years, to solve global problems. More and more, citizen groups are calling for this tax-based approach, even though the United States government has blocked intergovernmental discussions and negotiations. Most interest in global taxes has concentrated on two policy goals -- taxation as a means to regulate carbon emissions into the atmosphere (Carbon Tax) and taxation to reduce currency speculation (Tobin Tax). This page explores the different ways in which global taxes can be implemented, the need for democratic oversight and control, the policy shaping effects, distributive effects, and the possible use of such taxes to fund the UN, its agencies like the World Health Organization, and other programs for worldwide human security and development.

Global Taxes and Charges: A Brief Introduction
Brief introduction for those unfamiliar with the issue of global taxes and charges.

Global Taxes and Fees: Recent Developments and Overcoming Obstacles
Major analytical paper written by Kevin Baumert of Global Policy Forum.

Global Taxes: The Main Proposals
Links to special pages on the main types of global taxation. Dozens of articles on email taxes, currency exchange fees, energy taxes, and air fuel/aviation taxes.

Alternative Financing for the UN
Documents and essays on Alternative Financing for the UN.

Extensive list of web-based and text resources on global taxes and charges, including environmental taxes, currency exchange taxes and environmental tax reform.

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section on Global Taxes
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