The G20 heads of state and government agree to press ahead with the plan for an international tax crackdown


Italian carabinieri guard St. Mark’s Square, the day before the meeting of G20 finance ministers and central bankers in Venice on July 8, 2021.


The group of 20 major economies’ financiers said they had agreed on a “more stable and fairer international tax architecture,” according to a communique from Saturday’s meeting.

The G-20 is a forum for the governments and central bank governors of 20 major economies. At a meeting of the group’s finance ministers and central bank governors, leaders endorsed components of a tax plan, including multinational corporate profits redistribution and a global minimum tax, after “many years of discussion and building on the progress made over the past year.” They write.

The group aims to see national leaders adopt the plan at a G-20 summit in October.

According to Reuters, the pact would set a minimum global corporate tax of at least 15% to prevent multinational companies from shopping at the lowest tax rate. The deal would also change the way companies like Amazon and Alphabets Google are taxed, based in part on where they sell products and services rather than where their headquarters are located.

Reuters reported that Federal Finance Minister Olaf Scholz had confirmed that all G-20 economies were on board the pact. Meanwhile, US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said a handful of smaller countries are still against it, including low-tax countries like Ireland and Hungary, but are being encouraged to join by October.