Tax Transparency

Multinational companies do not publicly report on where they are making their money or what taxes they are paying to whom.  Investors, policymakers, and citizens have no idea exactly how they are gaming the system—what they tell us versus what they tell other countries.  They should have to write it down in one place and report it on a country-by-country basis, so that the public, policymakers, and shareholders can see what they are really paying.

Investors Call on Financial Accounting Standards Board to Prioritize Public Country-by-Country Tax Reporting

Yesterday, investors with over $2.9 trillion in assets under management called on the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) to prioritize public country-by-country tax reporting as part of FASB’s future standard-setting agenda. Signatories represented a broad coalition of asset managers, public pension funds, labor funds, international investors, foundations and religious investors.

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FACT Provides Comments to Financial Accounting Standards Board Urging Country-by-Country Tax Reporting

FACT recently sent comments to the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) urging them to adopt country-by-country tax reporting as part of its public consultation on the Board’s priorities. FASB sets and oversees the Generally Accepted Accounting Principles, the standard followed by most U.S. corporations in their financial reporting, and so could bring about widespread adoption of public country-by-country reporting as a way to ensure investors are fully able to assess reputational and regulatory risks in their portfolios.

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