On August 8, the FACT Coalition applauded the inclusion of crucial investments in the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), and specific measures to combat tax dodging by multinational corporations in the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022, which the Senate enacted over the weekend.
This new appropriations budget represents a 31 percent increase in FinCEN’s budget over FY2022 enacted levels and meets the amount requested by the Biden Administration in the President’s discretionary budget request earlier this year.
Today, the United States was ranked the most secretive financial jurisdiction in the world, according to the 2022 Financial Secrecy Index (FSI).
The FACT Coalition welcomed international and administrative tax reforms in the President’s proposed 2023 Budget that would continue the Administration’s efforts to discourage tax dodging by multinational corporations, and once again make the U.S. a leader in global tax transparency.
FACT Government Affairs Director Erica Hanichak spoke before the Ways and Means Oversight Subcommittee in a hearing on the Pandora Papers. In her oral testimony, she stressed that Congress must fulfill its role in denying financial safe haven to tax evaders, drug traffickers, human rights abusers, kleptocrats, terror financiers, and sanctions dodgers.
The past week’s revelations through the “Pandora Papers” – the largest exposé to-date of how global politicians, business leaders, celebrities, and multinational companies use and abuse the “offshore” financial system – are both shocking and surprisingly familiar.