Simeon Djankov, 08 October 2021

More than 130 countries have lined up in favour of a global redesign of corporate taxes. The redesign calls for multinational giants to pay their ‘fair share’ of taxes rather than running off to tax havens. This column argues that as popular as this goal may be, finding practical ways to achieve it remains problematic. Simpler approaches have a better chance of succeeding.

Romesh Vaitilingam, 06 July 2021

The G7 recently reached an agreement on the taxation of multinational corporations. The IGM Forum at Chicago Booth invited its panels of leading European and US economists to express their views on the challenges ahead. As this column reports, a strong majority (94% of the panelists) agrees that a global minimum corporate tax rate would limit the benefits of profit-shifting to low-tax jurisdictions without biasing where firms invest. But there is considerably more uncertainty among respondents about whether an international tax system with such a global minimum is achievable; and whether taxes based on where firms make their sales would be more efficient than taxes based on where their headquarters and production are located. 

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