UK govt will require multinationals to publicly declare where they pay tax

6 Sep 2016

The new amendment by the UK government will require multinationals to state how much tax they have paid and declare revenues country-by-country

The UK government has accepted a legal amendment that could force multinationals to declare where they do business and the tax they pay.

The move comes in the wake of the European Commission ruling requiring Apple to pay Ireland €13bn in back tax. This ruling is to be appealed by both Apple and the Irish Government.

In the UK, the move for greater transparency follows controversy over a deal between the UK government and Google to repay £130m in back taxes this year.

The proposals, drawn up by Labour MP Caroline Flint and supported by more than 60 MPs, would oblige the UK Revenue and Customs to release data on tax paid by multinationals.

Country-by-country reporting

The amendment was accepted by the UK government last night (5 September) and will also require multinationals to provide a country-by-country report that will show what revenues are earned in which nation, how much profits they made and how much tax they paid.

Flint’s motion was backed by several parliamentary groups that were members of the public accounts committee, including Conservative, Scottish National Party, Ulster Unionist Party, the UK Labour Party, Plaid Cymru and Liberal Democrat MPs.

Flint introduced the amendment back in March under the Ten Minute Rule, a private members bill that allows MPs to propose their own legislation.

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John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years