Investors are exposed to material tax and geopolitical risks because of a lack of tax and other financial transparency, according to a report released today by the Financial Accountability and Corporate Transparency (FACT) Coalition. To give investors greater visibility into these material risks, the FACT Coalition report calls on the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to use its current authority to implement rules for public country-by-country reporting (PCbCR) regarding revenues, profits, operations, and taxes paid and accrued.
On May 25, Amazon shareholders representing $144 billion backed a shareholder proposal calling for increased tax transparency by the company at its annual general meeting. The proposal represents a first of its kind campaign by investors to advance a vote on public country-by-country reporting.
This month, Treasury Secretary Yellen appeared before the House Financial Services Committee and responded to concerns over the Corporate Transparency Act’s (CTA) delayed implementation. In her answer, Yellen assured lawmakers that the second of the CTA’s three required rulemakings would be drafted “this year, in the coming months.”
This week, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) handed Amazon investors a major victory in their drive for greater tax transparency. In response to Amazon’s attempts to exclude a shareholder proposal urging greater disclosures, the SEC ruled that the company must include the proposal in its upcoming annual meeting of investors, to be held in May.
he Financial Accountability and Corporate Transparency (FACT) Coalition applauds the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for standing with investors and advancing an Amazon.com, Inc. shareholder proposal asking the company to voluntarily engage in public country-by-country reporting (PCbCR).