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G20 Finance Ministers Sign Global Tax Agreement at Venice Summit

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In their joint statement, the finance ministers of the G20 countries called the agreement historic, noting that discussions on its terms have lasted for many years.

G20 Finance Ministers Sign Global Tax Agreement at Venice Summit

G20 finance ministers signed a global corporate tax agreement at the organization's summit in Venice. The document provides for the establishment of a minimum tax rate for multinational companies at 15%.

The second element of this agreement is a change in the territorial principle of taxation - tax on profits of transnational corporations should be levied in those states where they earn by providing their goods or services, and not just based on the place of their registration, as is happening now.


Extractive industries and regulated financial services are excluded from the scope of the partial reallocation of tax rights to determine corporate tax payers. First of all, this solution is aimed at global IT giants such as Facebook, Google, Apple, Amazon.

Transnational companies with a global turnover of more than 20 billion euros and a profitability (profit divided by turnover) of more than 10% will fall under corporate taxation. For example, if the company's annual turnover is 40 billion euros, and the annual profit is 10 billion euros. This company will fall within the scope as the ROI is 25%. In seven years, if the implementation of the rules is successful, companies with a turnover of 10 billion euros or more will fall under 15 percent tax.

The reform was supported by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and should prevent international corporations from transferring their assets abroad for tax evasion.

In their joint statement, the finance ministers of the G20 countries called the agreement historic, noting that the discussion of its terms lasted for many years. In their opinion, the reform will make the international tax architecture more stable and fair.

The final version of the document must be approved by the leaders of the G20 at the summit of the organization, which will be held in Rome in October.

According to the OECD, governments lose $ 100-240 billion a year due to leaving corporations from taxes. Tax reform should prevent international corporations from transferring their assets overseas to evade taxes.

At the same time, a protest was held in Venice, which ended in clashes with the police.

About 2,000 activists, environmentalists and social anarchists gathered to protest the G20 meeting. They find it unacceptable that a small group of people decide the fate of billions around the world.

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