FACT Sheet: Offshore Tax Haven Abuse by the Numbers (November 2017)

$129 billion to $205 billion: Amount that U.S. taxpayers lose in federal revenue to offshore tax haven abuse each year.

$94 billion to $135 billion: Lost U.S. revenue from offshore profit shifting by multinational corporations annually.[i]
$35 billion to $70 billion: Lost U.S. revenue to tax evasion by wealthy individuals annually.[ii], [iii]

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Letter to the IRS Supporting Treasury’s Corporate Inversion Regulations

The Financial Accountability and Corporate Transparency Coalition (FACT Coalition) sent a letter to the IRS in support of the Department of the Treasury’s Final and Temporary Regulations under Section 385 on the Treatment of Certain Interests in Corporations as Stock or Indebtedness. The full letter can be read below or downloaded here.

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Treasury Department Building

Treasury Toying with Making Tax Avoidance Easier

Sometimes the long drive towards a more equitable and reasonable tax system feels like it’s one step forward, two steps back.

This month, the two steps back we risk taking come in the form of unraveling a Treasury rule established under the Obama administration. Thanks to an executive order from the Trump administration, Section 385 is currently being reviewed by the Treasury Department. The rule takes aim at curbing corporate tax haven abuse — the hallmark of a tax system rigged for the few biggest multinational corporations. Preliminary estimates from Treasury found that it’s impact on offshore tax avoidance would be significant considering that the rule would raise $7.4 billion over 10 years.

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Sixteen Members of the House of Representatives Sent a Letter Urging the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) to Require Country by Country Tax Reporting

Sixteen members of the House of Representatives sent a letter to the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB), urging them to require multinational companies to be more transparent in reporting where they pay taxes and book profits. Specifically, they called on the accounting body to require that companies disclose their taxes and profits on a country-by-country basis.

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