Fight Tax Evasion

Tax evasion from wealthy individuals using a variety of offshore schemes, including hiding assets in foreign bank accounts, robs U.S. taxpayers of tens of billions of dollars per year — and the costs for developing countries are even worse. A growing global norm in favor of transparency can ensure that all are held equally accountable for paying the taxes they owe.

Transparency is the Prize in Post-Pandora Papers Scramble

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.

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A Biden Boom in the Fight to Close Tax Loopholes: Just the Facts: April 21

Over the past month, there has been an unprecedented global focus on corporate tax loopholes and profit shifting amidst reporting that at least 55 of America’s largest corporations paid no federal corporate income taxes at all in 2020. Since the dawn of civil society campaigning for international tax justice, this may be the closest activists have come to ending the era of tax havens and massive tax avoidance and it is increasingly clear to many lawmakers that corporations need to pay their fair share to help pay for COVID recovery programs, infrastructure, and other needs.

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The Global Trend Towards Corporate Tax Transparency Accelerates: Just the Facts: March 22

These past few weeks have seen “explosive” momentum in the movement for tax transparency. The United Nations High-Level Panel on International Financial Accountability, Transparency and Integrity for Achieving the 2030 Agenda (FACTI Panel) published their report in late February, recommending a broad slate of much-needed global reforms including public country-by-country reporting (PCbCR) of taxes and other financial information by multinational companies. This year, the Global Reporting Initiative put into effect the first global voluntary standard on public country-by-country tax reporting. The standard, known as GRI 207, has already attracted early support from Philips, Orsted, Alliance, and Newmont.

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