The effects of tax avoidance on national economies outlined in new documentary

Posted by ap507 at Sep 05, 2014 12:35 PM |
Dr Angus Cameron from the School of Management will appear in ‘The Price We Pay’ premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival

Dr Angus Cameron (pictured) from the School of Management will appear in an upcoming documentary by an award-winning filmmaker, which will premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) on Friday 5 September.

‘The Price We Pay’, directed by award-winning filmmaker Harold Crooks, discusses the social and economic consequences of “legal” corporate tax avoidance, particularly with respect to big banks and the tech giants of the “cloud” economy. 

Dr Cameron was approached to be involved due to his research into the nature, meaning and function of the ‘tax state’, which has been of concern to academics and politicians for many years and a source of scholarly discourse.

During the documentary Dr Cameron will explain how taxation is central to the formation and capacity of the state and its ability to deliver welfare and provide a 'national identity'.

He explores how the rise of offshore finance in particular has distorted the meaning and practice of what we regard as being 'national' economies and the welfare state and how it has helped to transform the concept of money itself, which now lies far beyond the control of the state.

‘The Price We Pay’ will premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on Friday 5 September, followed by festival screenings and a theatrical release in late 2014 and 2015. It will be available on DVD and Blu-ray release planned for later in 2015.

View the trailer for ‘The Price We Pay’ below:

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