Global Survey Finds Businesses Sceptical about Likely Success of Intergovernmental Action on Tax

LONDON--()--A global survey of more than 3,000 businesses in 40 countries finds only 23% of those surveyed think the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s (OECD) Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS) Action Plan is likely to be successful.

Although there was a great sense of countries working together at the start, as the project progresses some countries are stepping back from consensus. There are indications that many countries may selectively implement only the changes that suit them, giving rise to added complexity and compliance burdens for business.

The concern is that the proposals could have a disproportionate impact on mid-size multinationals, as few have the resources or capabilities to comply and adapt in the envisaged timelines.

Companies relying on the development of ideas, innovations and creative content (including media and technology) are likely to be particularly affected.

Grant Thornton today launched 'Getting to grips with the BEPS Action Plan', a new report into what the planned overhaul of the international tax system means for businesses and how they can prepare. Francesca Lagerberg, global leader – tax services, at Grant Thornton said: “The Action Plan is set to add yet more complexity to an already fast changing and politically fraught tax landscape. We urge all companies to develop a clear understanding of what the proposals mean for their business. It's not too late to engage in shaping the final form of these proposals, which will evolve and be refined over the coming months and into next year.”

Lagerberg continued: “Many of the objectives of the BEPS Action Plan are valid. They include the elimination of loopholes that allow profits to ‘disappear’ for tax purposes. The concern is that the scope has broadened to such an extent that the Action Plan will touch almost every area of international taxation. It’s as if in an attempt to get rid of some traffic black spots, the authorities have decided to overhaul the entire road network and require every driver to modify their car.”

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Grant Thornton
John Vita
+1 312 602 8955
John.vita@gti.gt.com