Tax Experts Push IRS to Expose Multinational Tax Dodging

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Tax Experts Push IRS to Expose Multinational Tax Dodging

FACT Members, Partners to Speak at Friday IRS Hearing on Proposed Country-by-Country Reporting Rule

Multinational Profit Shifting Costs Taxpayers $111 Billion per Year

WASHINGTON - The Internal Revenue Service is holding a public hearing Friday morning on proposed rules to crack down on corporate tax dodging by requiring multinational companies to report to the IRS their profits earned, taxes paid, and employee numbers on a country-by-country basis.  Members and allies of the FACT Coalition are set to testify on the proposal, known as “country-by-country reporting”.

Statement of Clark Gascoigne, deputy director of the FACT Coalition:

Corporate tax dodging takes an enormous toll on our country—recent studies estimate that abusive profit shifting costs taxpayers $111 billion in lost revenue each year.  When multinationals avoid paying taxes by manipulating their tax bills, small businesses and average American taxpayers have to pick up the bill in the form of cuts to public programs, higher taxes, or more debt.   

But, the real problem is that this profit shifting and tax dodging happens in the shadows, where neither tax authorities nor the public can see it.  Many of the techniques abused by these companies to dodge taxes are legal—they shouldn’t be.  Other techniques certainly are illegal, but we can’t know because there’s no information. 

We welcome the proposed rule, which would require companies to disclose information on their abusive profit shifting to government authorities as an important first step, but it is far from sufficient. The public needs access to this very basic information—the stakes are simply too high. 

“We will not be able to tackle tax avoidance and evasion until companies are required to publicly disclose their abusive tax dodging techniques publicly.”

The hearing will take place at 10am EDT on Friday, May 13, 2016 at IRS Headquarters in Washington.  The FACT Coalition previously submitted written comments to the IRS on the proposed rule in March.

FACT Coalition members speaking at the hearing include:

Other FACT allies speaking at the hearing include:

  • Frank Clemente, Americans for Tax Fairness
  • Joseph Kraus, ONE Campaign
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Founded in 2011, the Financial Accountability and Corporate Transparency (FACT) Coalition unites over 100 different civil society representatives from small business, anti-corruption, faith-based, government watchdog, human rights, investors, labor, public-interest, and international development organizations from across the ideological spectrum.

We seek an honest and fair international tax code, greater transparency in corporate ownership and operations, and commonsense policies to combat the facilitation of money laundering and other criminal activity by the financial system.

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