Action 11 BEPS data analysis

The BEPS Action 11 report Measuring and Monitoring BEPS established methodologies to collect and analyse data on the economic and fiscal effects of tax avoidance behaviours and on the impact of measures proposed under the BEPS Project.



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What is the issue?

The adverse fiscal and economic impacts of tax avoidance strategies have been the focus of the BEPS Project since its beginning in 2013. In 2015, OECD research estimated that the cost of tax avoidance by multinational enterprises (MNEs) ranged from USD 100 to $240 billion, which is equivalent to 4-10% of global corporate income tax (CIT) revenues. In addition to significant revenue losses, BEPS also causes other adverse economic effects, such as tilting the playing field in favour of tax-aggressive MNEs, exacerbating the corporate debt bias, distorting the location of highly mobile, intangible assets and misdirecting foreign direct investment.

The 2015 Action 11 report Measuring and Monitoring BEPS highlighted that the lack of quality data on corporate taxation has been a major limitation to measuring the fiscal and economic effects of tax avoidance as well as any efforts to measure the impact of the implementation measures agreed as part of the BEPS Project. Increasing the quality of the data and the analytical tools available, through the ongoing work under Action 11, is crucial in being able measure the impact of tax avoidance and the effect of the implementation of the BEPS measures in curbing these practices.

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Why does it matter?

Measuring the impact and scale of BEPS activities and the effect of the implementation of the BEPS measures are important components of the ongoing work of the OECD/G20 Inclusive Framework on BEPS. Such measurement and monitoring is necessary to inform both policymakers and taxpayers of the effectiveness of the BEPS measures and the extent to which BEPS issues continue to exist.

What are we doing to solve it?

As part of the the ongoing work under Action 11, the Inclusive Framework is developing new and enhanced datasets and analytical tools that can assist in measuring and monitoring the fiscal and economic impacts of tax avoidance and the effects of the implementation of the BEPS measures.

In particular, the Inclusive Framework is working to improve the quality and expand the range of information available to analyse BEPS. The Corporate Tax Statistics database, which was launched in January 2019, has assembled a variety of data relevant to the analysis of BEPS and of corporate taxation more generally. In developing the database, the OECD worked closely with members of the Inclusive Framework and other jurisdictions willing to participate, and as a result, the first edition includes information for more than 100 jurisdictions.

In addition, Inclusive Framework members provided the first aggregated and anonymised statistics prepared from data received on Action 13 Country-by-Country Reports this year. Over time, these statistics are expected to provide valuable information on the location of the largest MNEs’ taxes, income, and business activities.

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