COFFERS participation in the ECE conference 2017

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

Participation of COFFERS researchers Ronan Polan and Brooke Harrington in the European Parliament, Committee of Inquiry into Money Laundering, Tax Avoidance and Tax Evasion

Public Hearing – The Role of Lawyers, Accountants and Bankers in Panama Papers – (Part I)

Brooke Harrington, Copenhagen Business School and Ronan Polan, City University London both participants in the COFFERS project participated in the public hearing – the Role of Lawyers, Accountants and Bankers in Panama Papers in Brussels on January 24th 2017.

See link for publications and article by Ronan Polan here




What do they pay?

Towards a Public Database to Account for the Economic Activities and Tax Contributions of Multinational Corporations by Alex Cobham, Jonathan Gray and Richard Murphy.

This paper reviews the reasons for creating a global database of what is commonly called country-by-country reporting data. This information records the economic activities of and tax contributions made by multinational corporations.

It is divided into four main sections. Firstly, we present a set of user stories, questions, requirements, and scenarios of usage for a database. Secondly, we look at what kinds of information a public database could and should contain. Thirdly, we look at the opportunities and challenges of building a public database drawing on various existing information sources. Fourthly and finally, we suggest next steps for policy, advocacy, and technical work towards a public database.

Read the full article at Open Knowledge International here

Making Tax Digital will impose a cost of £1.8 billion a year on UK small business says COFFERS researcher and City, University of London Professor Richard Murphy


Professor Richard Murphy, COFFERS researcher, Director of Tax Research UK and Professor of Practice at City University, London, addresses the UK’s House of Lord’s Committee on ‘Making Tax Digital’ and the idea that this will contribute to closing the tax gap – the gap between the amount of tax that should be collected and the amount that is actually collected.  Professor Murphy refutes the idea and, over turning the accepted orthodoxy, argues that ‘Making Tax Digital’ will rather than close the tax gap, increase it.

Link to the recording of the hearing here

Petr Janský – CCCTB



Petr Janský took part in a high-level internal governmental workshop organized by the Czech government on 10 February 2017 about the international corporate taxation, especially about the Czech Republic’s position with regard to the European Commission’s proposed Common Consolidated Corporate Tax Base (CCCTB). In his presentation, Petr showed preliminary results from a draft COFFERS working paper as well as other existing research on both scale of international corporate tax avoidance and estimated impact of CCCTB.