Business & Human Rights in Ireland

With the Panama Papers and now the French police raid of Google’s offices in Paris, the glare of the spotlight on tax abuse by companies continues to grow even more intense. And Ireland’s role in corporate tax avoidance remains an issue, as demonstrated by the explanation given by the French financial prosecutor for the search of Google’s premises:

The enquiry is focused on verifying whether the company Google Ireland Ltd controls a permanent establishment in France and if, by not declaring a part of the activities conducted on French territory, it has failed in its fiscal obligations, notably regarding taxes on companies and value-added tax.

Various proposals and initiatives have been emerging over the past year or so from organisations like the OECD on how to tackle aspects of this problem. The European Commission’s proposed rules on country by country reporting by multinational corporations have not been universally welcomed. Christian Aid…

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