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G20 Summits in Russia & OECD report on tax avoidance

Russia hosted the G20 summits in Moscow between 19-20 July and in St. Petersburg on 5 Sept. The issue of corporate tax avoidance was high on the agenda in both summits.      

On the occasion of the July G20 summit, the OECD released the "Action Plan on Base Erosion and Profit Shifting" (BEPS), a report commissioned by the G20 group of nations.  The report sets out 15 actions the international community needs to take to modernise the tax system and crack down on corporate tax avoidance.  Below is a selection of media coverage concerning the G20 summits and the OECD report.

September G20 Summit (St. Petersburg)

Tax Avoidance Crackdown Agreed By G20 Leaders
Sky News, 6 Sept 2013

G-20 Summit: Consensus On Tax Evasion Measure
International Business Times, 6 Sept. 2013

G20 summit participants agree to tighten global tax rules
UPI.com, 6 Sep 2013

George Osborne hails G20 agreement on preventing tax avoidance
Telegraph (UK), 6 Sept. 2013

G20: How global tax reform could transform Africa's fortunes
Kofi Annan, for Guardian (UK), 5 Sept 2013

G20 Russia Summit to Focus on Tax Avoidance and Fed Stimulus Cut
International Business Times, 5 Sept 2013

Unemployment and inequality challenge global growth, warn unions on eve of G20 Summit
International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), 4 Sept 2013

Oxfam urges G20 to curb tax avoidance that harms Africa
BBC News, 3 Sept 2013

July G20 Summit (Moscow)

G20 finance ministers: frenetic activity, little progress

European Network on Debt and Development, 30 Jul 2013

OECD BEPS report confirms the international tax system is failing rich and poor nations
African Business News, 29 Jul 2013

Tax Avoidance: G20 and OECD 'Duck Big Issue'
International Business Times, 22 Jul 2013

Amazon told: time is up for tax avoidance
Guardian (UK), 19 Jul 2013

G20 backs plan to stop global tax avoidance and evasion
BBC News, 20 Jul 2013

Crackdown on big business tax avoidance planned
Guardian (UK), 19 Jul 2013

OECD report  

U.K., Germany, France Urge G-20 Action on Tax Avoidance
Bloomberg (USA), 16 Feb 2013

OECD calls for crackdown on tax avoidance by multinationals
Guardian (UK), 12 Feb 2013

For further information on tax avoidance please see our special page: "Tax avoidance: An introduction", which makes the connection between tax avoidance and infringement of human rights.

For media coverage concerning tax avoidance and the G8 meeting see our special page "June 2013 G8 summit tax avoidance coverage". 

For a coverage of major allegations of tax avoidance against companies, government-announced regulatory steps and commentaries in the UK see our special page "UK corporate tax avoidance - 2012-2013".

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5 September 2013

G20: How global tax reform could transform Africa's fortunes

Author: Kofi Annan, for Guardian (UK)

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G20 backs plan to stop global tax avoidance and evasion

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Crackdown on big business tax avoidance planned

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U.K., Germany, France Urge G-20 Action on Tax Avoidance

Author: Gonzalo Vina & Rainer Buergin, Bloomberg [USA]

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OECD calls for crackdown on tax avoidance by multinationals

Author: Phillip Inman, Guardian [UK]

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