Corporate tax avoidance by multinational firms

23-09-2013

The tax reduction methods used by multinational companies have been well known for decades. They include transfer pricing, the use of lower-tax jurisdictions, over-charging entities in higher-tax countries to reduce taxable profit and (legally) completing a transaction in a lower-tax country, different to the country which the business relates to. The problem is relatively clear and law-makers want a situation where businesses not only operate within the letter but also the spirit of the law.

The tax reduction methods used by multinational companies have been well known for decades. They include transfer pricing, the use of lower-tax jurisdictions, over-charging entities in higher-tax countries to reduce taxable profit and (legally) completing a transaction in a lower-tax country, different to the country which the business relates to. The problem is relatively clear and law-makers want a situation where businesses not only operate within the letter but also the spirit of the law.