Help us shape the Internationalisation of the Fair Tax Mark
Public consultation on the core requirements of future global standards
Today (2nd July 2020) we have published ‘The Essential Elements of Global Corporate Standards for Responsible Tax Conduct’ – which tracks and analyses the many responsible tax initiatives that are now in play across the world, with a view to influencing and guiding the Fair Tax Mark’s consideration of a new suite of international standards that is now under development. These would enable the Fair Tax certification of businesses that have their ultimate holding company situated outside of the UK.
We invite comment on our analysis and conclusions. In particular, if we have omitted consideration of workstreams of which we were ignorant – especially outside of Europe. We have previously shared an earlier version of this Report with a range of civil society organisations, and incorporated feedback as warranted. We are now eager to receive a broader suite of feedback, not least from the business sector.
The ‘internationalisation’ of the Fair Tax mark is considered to be desirable given:
- the Fair Tax Mark is now approached by businesses from around the world seeking accreditation;
- civil society, regulators, investors and municipalities across the globe have expressed a desire to support Fair Tax Mark accreditation (or equivalent) in their jurisdictions;
- there is in many parts of the world an ongoing international race to the bottom on tax, and this creates a downward pressure on standards everywhere; and
- if no action is taken by civil society, unscrupulous accounting and auditing entities will step into the vacuum and propagate low-bar tax kitemarks.
The focus of our analysis is corporate income tax, and related measures that are designed to tackle the avoidance of this (such as digital services taxes). Businesses are subjected to many different types of tax, but Corporation Tax has an importance way beyond the revenues it raises. As argued by the Tax Justice Network: “It holds the whole tax system together. It curbs political and economic inequalities and helps rebalance distorted economies.”
We are seeking feedback in two ways:
- Structured questions in an online questionnaire
- Attending one of four webinars which will be held remotely on zoom in mid August
Responses can be provided openly or in confidence.
Current planned webinar sessions are as follows:
- Africa and Middle East Focus. Monday 10th August. 11.00am to 12.30pm BST. Register here
- European Focus. Tuesday 11th August. 12.00 noon to 1.30pm BST. Register here
- North America Focus. Wednesday 12th August. 5.00pm to 6.30pm BST. Register here
- Asia Pacific Focus. Tuesday 18th August 8.00am to 9.30am BST. Register here
The research underpinning this report was kindly supported by a grant from Luminate.
The deadline for feedback is Monday 31st August 2020.