Policy Analysis

Hidden Menace: How secret company owners are putting troops at risk and harming American taxpayers

Since the financial crisis and release of the Panama Papers, we have heard a lot about the revenue governments lose to tax avoidance and evasion, but what about the losses resulting from corruption and fraud when governments spend money on goods, services and infrastructure?

Around the world governments spend $9.5 trillion each year on public procurement.  It should be no surprise that fraudsters, and corrupt officials, take advantage of this. According to research by the UN, corruption may amount to as much as 25% of the value of government procurement contracts worldwide.

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FACT Comments to Treasury/IRS in Support of Proposed ‘Serial Inverter’ Rule

Rule Would Help Address Problem of Corporate Tax Inversions

The FACT Coalition submitted comments in support of a proposal from the U.S. Department of the Treasury to combat an egregious corporate tax avoidance technique known as serial inverters.  The rule is one of two Treasury proposals aimed at combatting so-called corporate tax inversions.  FACT also submitted comments supporting the other proposal, which targets “earnings stripping.”

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FACT Comments to Treasury/IRS in Support of Proposed Earnings Stripping Rule

Rule Would Help Address Problem of Corporate Tax Inversions

The FACT Coalition submitted comments in support of a proposal from the U.S. Department of the Treasury to combat an egregious corporate tax avoidance technique known as earnings stripping.  The rule is one of two Treasury proposals aimed at combatting so-called corporate tax inversions.  FACT also submitted comments supporting the other proposal, which targets “serial inverters.”

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FACT Comments to SEC on Concept Release Urge Public Country-by-Country Reporting

Public Disclosure of Country-by-Country Tax Information Would Better Inform Investors

The Financial Accountability and Corporate Transparency (FACT) Coalition submitted comments to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Wednesday, July 6, 2016 urging that—to better inform investors—the SEC should revise its international tax disclosure framework to specifically require multinational corporations to disclose information on taxes and profits on an annual, country-by-country basis.

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Ernst and Young Study Finds that 91% of Senior Business Executives Believe that Beneficial Ownership Information is Important

Never before have governments and multinational institutions cooperated so extensively in combating bribery and corruption. The transnational nature of the issue led the G20 major economies to recognize bribery and corruption as an important impediment to economic growth and the group’s focus on corruption has continued under its Chinese presidency in 2016. The G20 outlined its priorities in the “2015-2016 G20 Anti-Corruption Action Plan” identifying key areas where economies and multinational organizations must strengthen their cooperation.

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FACT, 10 Orgs Urge Treasury, FinCEN to Complete the Anti-Money Laundering Rule for Asset Managers

The FACT Coalition along with 10 other organizations filed a comment on April 4, 2016 with the Department of the Treasury to finalize the proposed rule issued by the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) to impose anti-money laundering and suspicious activity reporting requirements on registered investment advisers.  The full letter can be read below or downloaded here.

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FACT Urges Treasury to Act on Inversions in Letter

By Clark Gascoigne

The Honorable Jacob J. Lew
Secretary of the Treasury
U.S. Department of the Treasury
1500 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20220

 

Dear Secretary Lew,

On behalf of the Financial Accountability and Corporate Transparency (FACT) Coalition, I am writing to urge the Department of the Treasury to take all measures within its authority to curtail the ability of corporations to avoid paying taxes by engaging in corporate inversions. Explicitly, FACT believes that the Treasury Department could take further steps to prevent inversions through the use of its regulatory authority under Sections 956 and 7701 of the U.S. Tax Code.

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