What Do They Pay? Towards a Public Database to Account for the Economic Activities and Tax Contributions of Multinational Corporations
City Political Economy Research Centre, Working Paper Series 2017/01
35 Pages Posted: 9 Oct 2017
Date Written: February 1, 2017
This paper reviews the prospects for a global public database on the tax contributions and economic activities of multinational companies. It is divided into four main sections. Firstly, we present a set of user stories, questions, requirements, and scenarios of usage for a database. Secondly, we look at what kinds of information a public database could and should contain. Thirdly, we look at the opportunities and challenges of building a public database drawing on various existing information sources. Fourthly and finally, we suggest next steps for policy, advocacy, and technical work towards a public database.
Keywords: Open Data, Data Infrastructures, Country-by-Country Reporting, CBCR, Tax Policy, Multinational Taxation, Participatory Design, Data Journalism, Data Activism
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