Building Public Trust Through Tax Reporting

Laying the foundations of the next round of tax transparency

Trends in voluntary reporting

The implementation of a number of new tax reporting regimes continues apace. Public country-by-country reporting (CbCR), coming into effect in most of the European Union (EU) from June 2024, is high on the agenda of many tax departments. Environmental, social and governance (ESG) reporting frameworks also continue to evolve. The implementation of the EU Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive (CSRD) took a step forward with the adoption of the first European Sustainability Reporting Standards (ESRS) by the European Commission in June 2023.

Find out what these developments mean for the future of tax transparency in our annual publication. Download our report for a closer look into our review of voluntary tax reporting in the FTSE350 for 2022, international developments in transparency, and the ever growing importance of tax within the Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) agenda.

Shaping the tax transparency debate

A review of the tax disclosures in the FTSE100 reveals an increase in tax transparency over the last 8 years, with some leaders dedicating time and energy to developing voluntary disclosures to inform the debate on tax transparency and improve understanding.

Read more below.

Public Country-by-Country Reporting

Country-by-country reporting (CbCR) was devised by the OECD back in 2016 as a high-level risk assessment tool to be privately used by tax administrations.

The EU reached consensus on public CbCR at the end of 2021. Individual States are currently implementing the proposals into domestic legislation with multinational corporations (MNCs) in scope required to publish information for financial years beginning on or after 22 June 2024.

Read our CbCR flyer for more information on how to prepare for this new reporting landscape.

Download CbCR report

Global Reporting Initiative - 207 Tax Standard

The GRI is widely considered to be a global standard for sustainability reporting. The 207 Tax Standard was introduced in 2019 following heightened stakeholder interest in the tax affairs of MNCs, and represents the wider integration of tax within broader environmental, social and governance (ESG) topics.

It was announced in March 2022 that the GRI and the new International Sustainability Standards Board (ISSB) would harmonise their standard-setting activities, effectively establishing a global baseline for ESG reporting.

In this rapidly developing transparency landscape, what percentage of companies in the FTSE100 are aligning themselves to the GRI?

Download GRI - 207 Tax Standard

Task Force for Climate-Related Financial Disclosures

The Task Force for Climate-Related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) became applicable to premium listed companies from 1 January 2021, with this extending to incorporate certain private companies from 6 April 2022.

The TCFD framework is above all about disclosing the financial impacts of climate change. Within the broader policy perspectives of environmental, social and governance (ESG) topics, climate change is not only a long-term issue affecting companies, but one that needs consideration today.

But why is tax an important element to TCFD? And in what ways should Tax be considered in the preparation of this disclosure? Download our TCFD to find out.

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World Economic Forum Metrics

As demand from stakeholders for high quality, transparent and comparable corporate reporting has grown over recent years, the World Economic Forum (WEF) issued its Stakeholder Capitalism Metrics in September 2020 in response. Tax is included in the form of the taxes borne element of Total Tax Contribution Methodology.

Could aligning with the WEF tax metric be a starting point for a broader transparency journey for your business? Download our WEF publication to find out more.

Download WEF Metrics

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