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When the digital age prevents you from submitting a Letter to the Editor
September 21st, 2015
Over the past few years, there’s been a great deal of movement on the issue of country by country reporting (CBCR) for multinational corporations (MNCs). The G20 and OECD have developed new reporting requirements as part of their Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS) initiative, and the European Parliament has gone even further, calling for
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The politics of country by country reporting
June 16th, 2015
Since the OECD approved a decent country-by-country reporting standard, the lobbying to undermine it in practice has really kicked on. Here’s an update on some of the politics of country-by-country, including the manoeuvring in OECD, US, EU and UN processes; and on what may follow…
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2011 Annual Task Force Conference Preview: Country-by-Country Reporting: The Road Ahead
October 5th, 2011
This fall is shaping up to be a critical season for financial transparency. As the Task Force on Financial Integrity and Economic Development prepares for its annual conference on October 6-7, key decisions on country-by-country reporting are anticipated in the U.S. and from the European Commission. Meanwhile, international attention to tax loss facilitated by financial secrecy continues to grow as the global economic crisis drags on. Recently, PWYP Norway’s Piping Profits report highlighted the role regulatory gaps can play in shaping the tax strategies of multinational companies, often to the fiscal detriment of the countries they operate in. The report...
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Memo to the Extractive Industries: Tell Us What You're Doing in Secrecy Jurisdictions
September 20th, 2011
As The Guardian reports this morning:
More than a third of the subsidiaries owned by major energy and mining companies including Shell, BP and Glencore are based in “secrecy jurisdictions” where company accounts are not publicly available, according to a report. The study by Publish What You Pay Norway, which campaigns for transparent accounting among oil, gas and mining giants, claims that populations in resource-rich countries are losing out because they are unable to extract financial information from businesses operating on their soil or off their seaboards. “Extractive industry giants’ corporate ownership structures, their use of secrecy jurisdictions and the...
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