This article was first published in Reuters, 10 October 2015
The group of 20 major economies have endorsed a package of measures to tackle corporate tax avoidance, but questions remain about whether countries will follow through on the plans or leave loopholes multinationals can exploit.
Keith O’Donnell says, “The implementation phase now starts and MNEs and their advisers will have to continue to make their voice heard in the implementation phase to limit negative impacts on business. If certain states don’t implement or implement partially, MNEs may be able to take advantage of this.”
The crackdown on corporate tax avoidance has been led by governments, who asked the OECD to develop the plans. Multinationals should keep a very close eye on all these developments.