Sharan Burrow: The people of the world shouldn’t have to wait until the next crisis for everyone to pay a fair, effective rate of tax

    The ITUC has welcomed the agreement by 136 countries on global tax reform.

    ITUC General Secretary Sharan Burrow:

    – We welcome this long overdue example of multilateralism, but this must act as a launchpad, not a destination, for greater ambition to ensure that multinational companies pay their fair share of tax.

    A minimum rate of 15% is too low, it will slow the race to the bottom of corporate tax and deal tax havens a major blow, but there are too many loopholes in the deal. However, now that there is agreement by most of the world that we need a minimum rate, we must push for the right rate, which we have argued should be 25%.

    The G20 finance ministers meet this week, and they must show the ambition the world needs and go above the 15% rate. We have made it clear in our briefing why the world needs fair corporate taxation – now the ministers must deliver.

    And let’s not stop here. The governments of the world must find agreement on other cross-border tax challenges, such as a tax on the excessive wealth of the world’s richest people and a tax on financial transactions so that this sector makes a fair contribution to tax revenues.

    Now is the time to create the financial conditions to achieve economic and social recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, provide for quality public services, reduce inequality and tackle unemployment. To fund this, we need a fair corporate tax.

    So, this is a good start, but we must go further and the people of the world shouldn’t have to wait until the next crisis for everyone to pay a fair, effective rate of tax. Most working people pay more than 15% tax. Why should they wait for multinationals and the super-rich to pay their fair share?

    13.10.2021