Debt Equity Finance

The transparency - Are we entering a new age?

Source: Victoria

Published Date: 10 Oct 2013


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On 4 February 2013, the Assistant Treasurer, David Bradbury, announced a new and somewhat radical initiative for highlighting the identities of multinational corporate groups who pay little tax in Australia. These controversial measures have simultaneously triggered support and opposition from different parts of ourcommunity. This paper takes a deep dive into the issues that emerged from Bradbury’s initiative, including:

  • where are we at, and what is proposed?
  • global response by governments to BEPS concerns about risk to tax base. 
  • where did this come from and what does it mean for multinational corporations (MNCs)?
  • does the legally correct amount of tax necessarily equal the morally correct amount of tax? If not, what amount should be paid?
  • naming and shaming – the court of public opinion
  • balancing taxpayer privacy against the public interest
  • role of OECD – pronouncements to address changed MNC business environment and platforms
  • G20 announcements and collaboration
  • impact of increased transparency and reporting on how much tax is being paid and where
  • Australian Government response – Treasury SPG working group and mid-year report
  • managing this new environment – challenges for MNCs.

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The transparency - Are we entering a new age?

Author(s): Frank Drenth , Tony Stolarek


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