In Letter, Task Force Urges G20 to Address Transparency in Pittsburgh
August 25th, 2009
August 25th, 2009
As the G20 meeting in September nears, the Task Force on Financial Integrity and Economic Development has sent a letter to the G20 asking them to address the issue of transparency in the global financial system in Pittsburgh. From the letter:
The Task Force on Financial Integrity and Economic Development urges the G20 to focus on substantially improving transparency in the global financial system. Thus far in communiqués, discussions, and commentaries, greater emphasis has been given to strengthening regulation within the existing structure. While regulatory improvements are clearly needed, we believe that such steps alone are incomplete. If “the era of bank secrecy is over,” then more effective progress toward this goal can be accomplished by significantly curtailing the shadow financial system.
Accordingly, we ask that the G20 give careful consideration to the following steps:
- Beneficial Ownership Agree that the beneficial ownership, control, and accounts of companies, trusts, and foundations must be readily available on public records, and set a date for achievement of this goal.
- Automatic Exchange of Information Agree that automatic exchange of tax information is the end toward which tax information exchange agreements should be directed, and set a date for achievement of this goal.
- Trade Pricing Agree that pricing of imports and exports of goods and services by all trading parties should conform to considerably strengthened transfer pricing guidelines, and set a date for achievement of this goal.
- Country-by-Country Reporting Agree that multinational corporations and financial institutions should report sales, profits, and taxes paid in all jurisdictions where they are established or active, and set a date for achievement of this goal.
- Anti-Money Laundering Agree that predicate offenses for money laundering charges should be harmonized at the most restrictive level and codified, and set a date for achievement of this goal.
These measures will accelerate the movement toward economic transparency in the global financial system, benefiting both developing and developed countries.
Read the rest of the letter here…