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What is tax cloaking?

Like tax washing, where communication on certain issues is selected in a way that is misleading, tax cloaking is where some information is not presented at all.   For example, it may seem obvious that a business choosing to publish their financial statements would publish them in full, but many do not. Sometimes only a consolidated or abbreviated version is available …

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Fair Tax Mark businesses top Danish tax governance ratings

Enhanced metrics inspired by the Fair Tax Foundation have helped Fair Tax Mark accredited businesses flourish in this year’s Økonomisk Ugebrev Tax Governance Rating. The Danish publication recently released their 2024 rankings, which score companies on their responsible tax conduct. Fair Tax Mark business Ørsted took the top spot for Danish large caps, along with Vestas, with 12 points out …

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Tax Responsibility and Transparency Index launches to benchmark companies

After 12 months of consultation and development, stakeholders from civil society, business and investment came together on 19 April at the European Parliament in Brussels for the launch of the Tax Responsibility and Transparency Index. The Index has been co-developed by the Fair Tax Foundation and leading European corporate responsibility business network CSR Europe and acts as a high-bar benchmark …

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What is tax washing?

Just like the now-prolific buzzword it derives from – greenwashing – tax washing is where a company’s statements, disclosures or some form of communication when it comes to tax doesn’t provide a true picture in a way that can be misleading.   In terms of tax disclosure, tax washing can sometimes be seen when businesses choose to report their total tax …

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Tax Responsibility and Transparency Index to launch at European Parliament

On 19 April, at the European Parliament, co-hosted by MEP Paul Tang, CSR Europe and the Fair Tax Foundation will launch the Tax Responsibility and Transparency Index for multinational enterprises who wish to benchmark themselves against the best of the best – be that high-bar civil society voluntary standards or exemplar companies. The Tax Responsibility and Transparency Index has been …

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Investors urged to look for red flags of poor tax conduct to derisk their portfolios

There is a growing understanding among investors that poor tax conduct is a red flag for an overly negative attitude to compliance in general, and also weak corporate governance. Tax controversies have preceded the financial difficulties of Credit Suisse, Thames Water, Adani and Glencore. In response to increasing approaches from institutional investors and asset managers, the Fair Tax Foundation has …

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EU global tax haven list ‘flawed’ as it shortens to just 12 

The EU Council has removed four jurisdictions from its list of tax havens, reducing those it deems non-cooperative for tax purposes to just 12. By comparison, the Fair Tax Foundation’s tax haven listing details 72 jurisdictions, and a recent list issued by the Australian government earlier this month identifies 41.  In an update this week, the EU Council announced Bahamas …

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Shareholders up tax scrutiny at AGMs

Proxy voting is an important tool in a shareholder’s toolkit and is increasingly being used to request tax transparency from companies worldwide. Last year’s proxy season yet again saw a record number of shareholder proposals targeting social issues such as responsible tax, human and digital rights, and diversity and inclusion, asset manager Federated Hermes’ stewardship arm EOS noted in its …

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