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Publish Date : 11 July 2021 - 21:33
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VENICE, Italy (Dispatches) - Finance ministers of the G20 large economies have endorsed a landmark move to stop multinationals shifting profits to low-tax havens.
The ministers at Saturday’s meeting in the Italian city of Venice also acknowledged the need to ensure fair access to vaccines in poorer countries.
But a draft communique to be rubber-stamped at the meeting did not contain specific new proposals on how to do that.
The tax deal was set to be the biggest fresh policy initiative emerging from their talks.
It caps eight years of wrangling over the issue and the aim is for national leaders to give it a final blessing at an October G20 summit in Rome.
The pact would establish a global minimum corporate tax of at least 15 percent to deter multinationals from shopping around for the lowest tax rate.
It would also shift the way that highly profitable multinationals such as Amazon and Google are taxed, basing it partly on where they sell products and services, rather than on the location of their headquarters.
German Finance Minister Olaf Scholz confirmed to reporters that all G20 economies were on board for the pact, while U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said a handful of smaller countries still opposed to it, such as low-tax Ireland and Hungary, would be encouraged to sign up by October.
“We’ll be trying to do that, but I should emphasize it’s not essential that every country be on board,” she said.
The G20 members account for more than 80 percent of world gross domestic product, 75 percent of global trade and 60 percent of the population of the planet, including big-hitters the United States, Japan, Britain, France, Germany and India.
In addition to European Union holdouts Ireland, Estonia and Hungary, other countries that have not signed on include Kenya, Nigeria, Sri Lanka, Barbados and St Vincent and the Grenadines.

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