Taxing Big Tech from their earned profits

The majority of world’ nations agreed to sign a pact that says that the multinational companies have to promote the taxing from their side from their earned profits from now onwards. 136 countries, including India, participated in enforcing a 15% of minimum corporate tax. Also, an impartial system of taxing the profits of multinational companies from the markets they make. Pakistan, Nepal, Sri Lanka, and Kenya has not yet been down for this taxing deal. 

This decision was taken after the agreement of official authorities who noticed the reason for the funnelling profits of multinational companies. These companies make high revenue through low-tax jurisdictions and thus how they manage to avoid taxes. 

Big Tech companies will face the most significant impact from the choice of their low-tax jurisdictions to headquarter their progress.

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What are the decisions regarding taxing? 

The decisions majorly revolve around the OECD’s two-pillar package. These pillars aim to convince the large multinational companies for taxing from where they operate and earn profits.¬†

  • The vision which pillars 1 takes with itself is to establish an impartial distribution of taxing rights and revenue among the countries. This would convince some taxing rights over MNEs, from their origin countries to the markets where they perform their businesses and make revenue. 
  • Pillar 2 tries to put the floor on the race among the fight of corporate income tax. 

From 2023, there will be a 15% floor under the tax of the corporate sector. And all countries are provided to transfer such legislation. And this manages those companies, which makes the revenue above the margin of 10%. Also, the companies that have global sales of over 20 billion Euros ($23 billion). The profits which were earned above 10% should be reallocated the quarter of it to the countries where they had accumulated and taxed. 

On October 13, in the G20 Finance Ministers meeting in Washington DC, a two-pillar solution will be passed. After this, G20 Leaders Summit in Rome.

Taxing Minimum Rate 

The new plan is trying to squeeze down the moments for the MNEs, to gratify their profits as taxes to the place where they are performing their business. 

This year in April, US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen convinced the world of 20 advanced nations to adopt minimum global corporate income tax. And at this time, the global pact is doing fine for the US government.

IMF also supports the proposal to some extent. At the same time, China is not having any serious issues with the call of the US. The significant impact on Hong Kong will be the concern from Beijing. Hong Kong is the seventh-largest taxpayer in the world, a fault relationship between China and the US can affect the negotiations at the extreme. 


There are many challenges, such as bringing up all the nations on the same page is of another level task. However, the central matter of concern is that the proposals have many pitfalls. A global minimum rate can cause a decline in countries’ tools to push their policies that they feel are comfortable. Also, introducing the new laws next year then following them from 2023 is quite a fish to catch. 

What India thinks about it?

India having reservations in the deals, have already upheld this in Paris. Last week the Finance Minister of India, Nirmala Sitharaman were analyzing the specific of two pillars. Alsoat final, he was capturing up the details of it. 

India is more likely trying to balance its interest as taxing is the sovereign function. 

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