Partnership to Build America Won’t

By Nicole Tichon

Don’t Reward Corporations for Bad Behavior

With any opportunity that seems too good to be true, there is often a fatal flaw.

That is the case with The Partnership to Build America Act, introduced by Rep. John Delaney (D-Md.), which seems to be gaining more and more support and was even embraced by President Obama in his State of the Union address.


Releases of Model for the Automatic Exchange of Financial Information Statement from FACT Coalition Director Nicole Tichon

Following today’s announcement by the OECD (Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development) of the release of their “Standard for Automatic Exchange of Financial Account Information: Common Reporting Standard,” the FACT (Financial Accountability and Corporate Transparency) Coalition released the following statement from its Director, Nicole Tichon:


FACT and Partners on Baucus International Tax Proposal: “Proposal Falls Short” Says Formal Letter to Committee Cites Three Critical Flaws

The FACT (Financial Accountability and Corporate Transparency) Coalition along with partners from small business, faith, labor and public interest groups submitted a formal response to Chairman Max Baucus (D-MT) and the Senate Finance Committee, calling his proposed changes to the international tax system as falling short “…in three critical ways and leaves room for the offshoring of jobs and profits to continue.”


FACT Applauds Legislation To Close Most Abused Corporate Tax Loopholes

The FACT (Financial Accountability and Corporate Transparency) Coalition today praised Representative Lloyd Doggett (D-TX) and Representative Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) for the introduction of the Sequester Delay and Stop Tax Haven Abuse Act. Among other things, this legislation would close or tighten tax loopholes that have been used by some of the most profitable multinational corporations – Apple, Hewlett-Packard, Microsoft and Nike – to avoid paying their fair share of taxes. Some tax loopholes allow corporations to use complex accounting schemes to make it appear that profits earned in the United States are actually generated in other countries, often a tax haven with little or no tax on profits.


Baucus Tax Reform Proposal Takes Aim at Offshore Loopholes, Leaves Big Questions Unanswered

While citing progress in terms of closing offshore tax loopholes, the Financial Accountability and Corporate Transparency (FACT) coalition believes that the tax reform discussion draft introduced by Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus falls short when it comes to permanently ending incentives for America’s biggest multinational corporations to shift jobs and profits offshore. The coalition found the proposal to lack some critical details.


2013 Financial Secrecy Index Released U.S. Still a Top Offender

Despite the damage that shadow banking and financial secrecy has caused to global markets and local budgets today’s release by the Tax Justice Network (TJN) of their 2013 Financial Secrecy Index ranking the world’s nations by their financial concealment shows a global financial network still remains hidden in the shadows. The FACT (Financial Accountability and Corporate Transparency) Coalition sees many opportunities for the U.S. to not only take action on this issue, but also in the process bring in new revenue to alleviate some of the constraints imposed under sequestration.


FACT Coalition to U.S. Government: Time to End Phantom Firms UK Announces Public Registry of Corporate Ownership

Today’s commitment from the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom to make a registry of the actual owners of corporations publicly available represents significant progress toward cracking down on anonymous companies polluting the globe. Because the United States is a prime destination for setting up anonymous companies that are used to facilitate crime and move dirty money, members of the FACT (Financial Accountability and Corporate Transparency) Coalition urge the U.S. to follow through on its G8 commitment to collect information about the ultimate owners of companies. The coalition encourages the U.S. to join the UK by pledging to make this information available to the public.