It\’s a decade since I wrote the first version of country-by-country reporting. Along the way I have been vilified by companies, tax advisers and even tax authorities who have said country by country could not work, would not help tackle tax avoidance, did not provide useful data and should be quietly forgotten.
Now it is going to be at the forefront of the fight on global tax avoidance.
I am still not happy. I do, of course, want the data on public record in the accounts of multinational companies. But that is the next step. Tonight I am happy to have made a contribution to the debate.
Now I wonder who will get the contract to o he technical development; me, or a Big 4 firm?
The Murph would obviously be cheaper. And wouldn\’t it be fun to see the reactions from those tax authorities at the rules he demands? Given his known technical competence…..