Responsible Tax in Multinational Enterprises – Why and How? (Ansvarlig Skat I Multinationale Koncerner – Hvorfor Og Hvordan?)
Now published as: Peter Koerver Schmidt, "Ansvarlig skat i multinationale koncerner – hvorfor og hvordan?", in ”Skattely – skatteplanlægning, skatteflugt og misbrug”, 2020, pp. 67-92, edited by Anders Nørgaard Laursen & Liselotte Madsen, Ex Tuto Publishing, Copenhagen.
Posted: 28 Feb 2020 Last revised: 4 Jan 2021
Date Written: February 27, 2020
In the first part of the paper, it is argued that multinational enterprises (MNEs) may benefit from including considerations of corporate responsibility when determining their tax planning behavior. The conclusion mainly rests on the fact that increased awareness of responsible tax behavior may shed useful light on the damaging effects aggressive tax planning may have on an MNE’s reputation. In addition, an increased focus on responsible tax behavior may assist the MNE’s management in maximizing shareholder welfare - and not only shareholder value. Against this background, the second part of the paper is devoted to an analysis of how MNEs actually can implement and design their own tax policy/strategy in responsible manner. Finally, in the third part of the paper, the author tries to take stock of the current endeavors of Danish-based MNEs with respect to implementation of responsible tax policies. In this context, and based on a review of publicly available information gathered from MNEs forming part of the OMX Copenhagen 25 Index, it is concluded that the largest Danish-based MNEs currently show solid appetite for implementing policies on responsible tax.
Keywords: Responsible tax, Corporate social responsibility, Tax planning, Public tax policy
JEL Classification: K34, H21, M14
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