Joint Perspectives on Fair and Sustainable Taxation – Open research seminar Brussels, November 21st 2017
The EU confronts increasing and persistent inequalities in income, wealth and opportunity and between generations, gender and regions. One common underlying factor is deficiencies in fiscal systems. FairTax tries to find answers how fair and sustainable taxation and social policy reforms can increase the economic stability of EU Member States. COFFERS identifies deficiencies and opportunities for upgrading in tax law, tax policy development, tax administration and enforcement.
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On September 7, 2017, Dr. Joras Ferwerda (Utrecht University) chaired a COFFERS-themed panel at the ECPR conference called ‘Fighting Tax Avoidance and Tax Crimes in the European Union’. Other COFFERS-participants were Miroslav Palansky (Charles University Prague), Lukas Hakelberg (University of Bamberg) and Ruth Lynch and Martin Joseph Laheen (both University of Limerick). Each of the four attending COFFERS-partners presented relevant ongoing research on tax evasion. The panel was open to all participants of the ECPR conference and was well attended. Dr. Ainsley Elbra (University of Sydney) acted as outside discussant to give the COFFERS-members feedback from outside the consortium. The ECPR (European Consortium for Political Research) General Conference is the main academic event for political scientists in Europe.
Link to the ‘COFFERS-themed panel’: https://ecpr.eu/Events/PanelDetails.aspx?PanelID=7150&EventID=96
Picture: Miroslav Palansky presenting with Lukas Hakelberg also in the frame.
Petr Janský of Charles University took part in the 73rd Annual Congress of the International Institute of Public Finance (IIPF 2017), held in Tokyo, on August 18-20, 2017. He made two presentations at the congress. In one presentation titled “Estimating the Scale of Profit Shifting and Tax Revenue Losses Related to Foreign Direct Investment”, he presented some recent findings from research with his COFFERS colleague Miroslav Palanský on the tax revenue losses due to tax havens, as well as some other research on the scale of profit shifting. In the other presentation titled “Country-by-Country Reporting Data and Locations of European Banks: Profits Shifted to Tax Havens, Turnover and Employees Elsewhere?”, he presented some preliminary results for banks and profit shifting and discussed the usefulness of the recently published country-by-country reporting data.
Miroslav Palanský from Charles University participated and presented in the conference Public economics for development organized by UNU-WIDER on July 5-6 in Maputo, Mozambique, where he presented recent findings of his joint research with another COFFERS researcher, Petr Janský. The aim of his talk was to present the foreign direct investment-approach to the quantification of corporate profit shifting and some preliminary estimates stemming from the application of that approach to IMF’s global direct investment data, which suggest that developing countries are the ones hurt most by corporate profit shifting practices.
Link to the conference can be found here
On 5 June 2017 Petr Janský of Charles University took part in the Tax Justice Annual Conference, an annual conference of Tax Justice Network at City, University of London. In his presentation titled “Scale of Profit Shifting and Country-by-Country Reporting”, he presented some recent findings from research with his COFFERS colleague Miroslav Palanský on the tax revenue losses due to tax havens, as well as some other research on the scale of profit shifting and the usefulness of the recently published banks’ country-by-country reporting data.
For more information please contact Petr Janský
Brigitte Unger PI of COFFERS met Asa Gunnarsson PI of FAIRTAX in Brno, Czech Republic 9th and 10th of March. Both are EU Horizon 2020 projects on taxation that end in 2019.
At the conference Brigitte Unger presented COFFERS, Combating Fiscal Fraud and Empowering Regulators, which focuses on tax regulation and its impact. Asa Gunnarsson presented FAIRTAX which deals with sustainable tax systems and gender equality.
Richard Murphy, Petr Jansky and Miroslav Palansky presented papers at the Brno conference.
Petr Janský from CUNI took part in the FairTax special session of the conference Enterprise and Competitive Environment 2017
In his presentation titled “Country-by-Country Reporting Data and Locations of European Banks’ Activities and Profits” Petr Janský presented some COFFERS-supported as well as other research results on misalignment between reported profits and real economic activity across countries.
Miroslav Palanský from Charles Univesity presented a draft of a paper called “Estimating the scale of corporate profit shifting: Tax revenue losses related to foreign direct investment” written jointly with another COFFERS team member, Petr Janský. The paper uses bilateral foreign direct investment data to estimate, at country level, tax revenue losses that result from some corporate profit shifting practices.”
Link to the conference is found here