What is country-by-country reporting?
Country-by-country (CbC) reporting essentially requires large multinational enterprises (MNEs) to provide an annual return that breaks down the key elements of their activities among the jurisdictions in which they operate.
The role of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
MNEs are under increasing pressure to operate in a fair and transparent way, with particular regard to the payment of taxes and making a fair contribution to public finances. Meanwhile, governments across the globe are under pressure to reduce public deficits, generate higher tax revenues and tackle international tax avoidance. In response to these issues, the OECD has developed a range of proposals as part of the wider base erosion and profit shifting (BEPS) project. The final package of recommendations was published by the OECD on 5 October 2015.
CbC reporting is one of the areas covered by these proposals and the detailed recommendations are set out in the final report on Action 13: Transfer Pricing Documentation and Country-by-Country Reporting.