Multinational corporations (MNCs) are (rightly or wrongly) seen by many as undermining the credibility of the international tax system by paying what is sometimes perceived as unfair tax rates. Most global executives are aware of cases where publicly traded companies have had to openly respond to governments and the press about their tax affairs; therefore, it would be prudent to plan for an uptick in tax controversy due to the CbC reporting template. Currently, there are a number of bodies calling for the public disclosure of the CbC reporting template, including the European Parliament and the UK Chancellor of the Exchequer. In response, MNCs are attempting to block the public disclosure of CbC reporting since they believe the information would negatively affect their competitiveness. And, as evidenced by recent press, the escalation of tax disputes is no longer a potential for greater reputational risk, it's already happening to large MNCs who are making the headlines daily. One thing is clear, CbC reporting will only serve to exacerbate this scenario and increase the need for companies to proactively manage their tax reputation.
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Bob Norton, Specialist Leader at Deloitte, was formerly Chief Income Tax Officer in the Chief Tax Office (CTO) of Vertex, Inc. Bob has more than 30 years of corporate tax, accounting and technology experience from both public accounting and global industry. Prior to working at Vertex, Bob held several senior financial management positions running global tax, treasury, and merger and acquisition functions for Siemens' Medical IT division. Bob is a noted author and speaker and sits on the Editorial Advisory Board of Financial Executives magazine and is a member of FEI, the Tax Council, AICPA, PICPA, and the Association for Computers and Taxation. He is a CPA and received a B.S. in Accounting from the Pennsylvania State University and an M.S. in Taxation with honors from Villanova University.