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Corporate tax dodgers robbing poor: Oxfam

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December 07, 2017

Oxfam Australia boss Helen Szoke says tax dodging is fuelling the global inequality crisis.

Aid group Oxfam Australia says tax office figures showing one in three large companies paid no tax in 2015/16 is further evidence that the federal government needs to take a tougher stance on avoidance.

Its chief executive Helen Szoke described the result as "shocking" and said such tax dodging is fuelling poverty and the global inequality crisis.

"In Australia, tax dodging is robbing the public coffers of money which could be used to pay for essential services, such as schools, hospitals and public transport," she said in a statement on Thursday.

The energy and resources sector had the highest proportion of the 732 companies that paid no tax.

"This comes on the back of revelations in the Paradise Papers tax scandal last month, which reported the aggressive tax avoidance tactics employed by some of the biggest resources companies, such as Glencore," Dr Szoke said.

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