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.
A month after the enactment of the landmark Corporate Transparency Act, a new administration is opening new opportunities to advance the fight against corruption and illicit finance.
Anonymous shell companies in the US will soon be extinct. After more than a decade of debate, the House and Senate have both passed the Corporate Transparency Act as part of the recently enacted bipartisan, National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021 (NDAA, H.R. 6395).
More than a decade after FACT Coalition member organizations began working to end anonymous companies, Congress is nearing the finish line to finally pass a bill that could do just that.
2020 is turning out to be an eventful year in the fight against corrupt financial practices.
As August recess wraps up, the prospect for action on beneficial ownership is becoming more likely. In June the Corporate Transparency Act (H.R. 2513) passed out of the House Financial Services Committee by a bipartisan vote of 43-16. It’s sister bill (S.1978) was introduced in the Senate. Two beneficial ownership transparency bills, the TITLE Act (S.1889) and a discussion draft of the ILLICIT CASH Act, have been the subject of hearings. FACT’s Executive Director Gary Kalman testified before the Senate Banking Committee in June to address, among other issues, the impact of legislation on small business. He noted that “more than three quarters of small business owners felt the tradeoff — reporting burden vs. the prevention of unfair competition from anonymous shell companies — was worth it.”