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Corporate Taxation in the Global Economy: Can a Consensus for Reform Emerge

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Efforts to address global corporate tax issues have previously stalled. Is a consensus for reform emerging? An expert panel explores:

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CORPORATE TAXATION IN THE GLOBAL ECONOMY: CAN A CONSENSUS FOR REFORM EMERGE?

Organized by the Financial Transparency Coalition, ICRICT, Oxfam, G-24, & the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung

Join us for an expert panel discussion featuring:

  • Gabriel Zucman, Assistant Professor, UC Berkeley & ICRICT
  • Victoria Perry, Fiscal Affairs Department, International Monetary Fund
  • Winnie Byanyima, Executive Director, Oxfam
  • Jose Antonio Ocampo, Member of the Board, Banco de la Republica, Colombia; ICRICT
  • Zainab Ahmed, Minister of Finance, Nigeria (invited)
  • Joey Salceda, Member, House of Representatives, Philippines (invited)
  • Stephanie Johnston, Chief Correspondent, Tax Notes Today International (Moderator)

Despite challenges to multilateralism, a consensus for global tax reform is emerging- and it is much needed, as international corporate tax rules are under unprecedented stress. The Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS) Action Plan adopted four years ago by the G20 did not stop countries from undercutting each other with unilateral measures to protect their tax base. Furthermore, BEPS did not address the challenges of the digital economy, failed to simplify rules for tax administrations, did not address the race to the bottom in tax rates and it ignored developing countries’ longstanding demand to revisit taxing rights.

A new global agreement is essential to decrease the multi-trillion-dollar financing gap to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), fight inequality, uphold human rights and improve human development outcomes. Multilateral institutions such as the IMF, OECD, G20 and UN acknowledge the need for change. Success will require more effective and inclusive cooperation than in the past. The question of “who makes the rules?” is just as pertinent as what the rules should be.

The panel discussion will:

➢ Highlight the importance of tackling corporate tax avoidance and tax competition.

➢ Take stock of the current international reform process and debate reform proposals.

➢ Identify solutions to ensure developing countries have a voice in the debate.

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