Multinational firms face exposure over their corporation tax policies

June 15th, 2009

The drive for country-by-country reporting will force transnational businesses to disclose the amount of tax paid in each country


You are an opposition politician in a developing country rich in minerals. You want to establish exactly how much tax is paid and what profits are made by a giant mining corporation. The trouble is you can’t. In fact nobody can.

In poorer countries, companies have no obligation to disclose any of this information. Secret mining concession deals are often made between companies and corrupt politicians. Civil society does not get a look in so governments cannot be held to account.

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