Summary:• Natural resources have the largest value creation potential to mobilize tax revenue, but profit often ends up elsewhere.• Today, the Extractive Industries can transfer significant profits out of the source country before it get taxed.• One simple policy proposal, aligned with US and EU regulation, will give investors and constituents the instrument to follow their money.• The proposal links taxpayments to the audited financial statements through 8 simple accounting numbers.
In January, a new legislation will be introduced in Norway that might prevent capital flight and ensure a greater degree of transparency. Three activists from the civil society in South Sudan, Uganda and Ghana explain why this law is vital for their work. See the video interview!
The “tax haven – section” contains the requirements for an extended country-by-country reporting, but is put in a Sleeping Beauty slumber. Photo: Christian_A_Calmeyer_(CC_BY-NC-ND_2.0_Flickr).Would the Government like to know about mailbox companies and capital in tax havens? If so, they already have the key themselves.
Statoil's tax director Finn Lexov stated that the company chose the Netherlands because of the favorable tax laws. The oil industry is calling it “stable and predictable", writes the Mona Thowsen. Photo: Kjell Eson, v/ Flickr: CC BY - NC - ND 2.0
Statoil and others should be forced to report on their mailbox empires. Or does the State prefer to get this sort of information through the news?
Norwegian Bank Investment Management (NBIM) asked PWYP Norway for feedback in an Expectations document on taxes and transparency.
Snorre Valen (SV - socialist left) presented a suggestion to Parliament concerning a measure against a black economy and tax evasion. Poto: Stortinget (CC BY 2.0) Flickr
The litmus test is served. Snorre Valen (SV) asks politicians in Parliament to sign a representative proposal for extended country-by-country reporting. Since the Panama Papers, this is one of the most important measures which is not in place yet. The reason for this is the lack of follow-up by the Ministry of Finance on country-by-country reporting for accounting purposes.
The consequence is that companies are not required to give information from tax havens, because payments to such places will be less than NOK 800,000, writes Mona Thowsen in the opinion piece. Photo: Kathie M Ceballos CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 Flickr
The Ministry of Finance has not followed up on Parliament´s request, so Norwegian companies do not have to submit information from tax havens.
Thick walls at the Ministry of Finance. Foto: Helge Høifødt
Right before Christmas Eve, on December 22, the Ministry of Finance established changes to the amendment concerning country-by-country reporting (CBCR), without Parliament having dealt with the matter.
The Ministry of Finance. Photo: Christian A. Calmeyer (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)
PWYP Norway explains how the protection of tax havens can be repealed by removing a link between two paragraphs.
Thick walls at the Ministry of Finance. Photo: Helge Høifødt
Distinct improvements, but the same improvements are obliterated - in the same consultation paper.