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Treasury Secretary Yellen Addresses Support for Corporate Global Minimum Tax

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Treasury Secretary Yellen Addresses Support for Corporate Global Minimum Tax

Secretary of the Treasury Janet L.Yellen addressed the support for a global minimum tax for corporations at a press conference at the close of the G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors Meetings, on July 11, 2021, see https://home.treasury.gov/news/press-releases/jy0270. Secretary Yellen stated that now 132 countries, representing more than 90 percent of global GDP have agreed to the outline of a global tax deal. Secretary Yellen praised what she sees as a “revival of multilateralism” on taxation and other issues. She stated, “we continue to see consensus around – and enthusiasm for – a global corporate minimum tax rate of at least 15%, as well as a partial reallocation of taxing rights to reflect the realities of the modern business world. … This deal will end the race to the bottom. Instead of asking the question: ‘Who can offer the lowest tax rate?,’ it will allow all of our countries to compete on the basis of economic fundamentals – on the skill of our workforces, our capacity to innovate, and the strength of our legal and economic institutions. And this deal will give our nations the ability to raise the necessary funding for important public goods like infrastructure, R & D, and education.”

Implementation in the United States
In response to a question on OECD Pillar One (nexus and source rules), Secretary Yellen said the details of Pillar One remain to be negotiated, and she would say that OECD Pillar Two is further along. Secretary Yellen stated, “Pillar Two [the minimum tax rate], we’re hoping to have incorporated in the coming budget resolution and reconciliation bill the changes that are necessary to put it into effect, but Pillar One will be on a slightly slower track. We will work with Congress. Maybe it will be ready in the Spring of 2022 and we will try to determine at that point what’s necessary for implementation.”