This report outlines the research project Communicating Tax, and presents its findings. The report draws attention to the political interests that inform fiscal transparency initiatives such as the Annual Tax Summary, and it challenges common sense confidence in data visualisation as a tool for delivering transparency. It questions forms of communication that monetise and individualise taxpayers’ contribution to public spending, and that set certain groups of people in tension with each other.
The report is intended to contribute to a broader emergent debate about communication, culture and the economy in which academics, artists, professional stakeholders, and campaigners can all play an important role. We hope that this report will enhance and sustain this debate, and that our recommendations will be of value to individuals and organisations who seek to champion the role of tax in society.
The report is published by the Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute (SPERI) in October 2018.Download the Report