Re: Bears, Pope and so on
well, no, there is also
(c) change the tax law so that corporations can no longer legally export their profits. It's WAAAY beyond my pay grade to come up with a detailed solution* , but doesn't need to be complicated**.
1) Introduce an EU-wide mandatory company ownership registry so that the ownership of all EU-registered companies is public (or at least known to tax and law enforcement authorities). Any non-EU company can voluntarily submit it's ownership information to the registry. Ownership needs to be disclosed up to the ultimate owner, no matter how many levels up it goes. Any and all payments made to companies outside the registry cannot be deductible for tax purposes. This has the advantage that it can be introduced as an anti-money-laundering measure, and hey, if the ultimate beneficial owners have nothing to hide, they have nothing to fear, right?
2) Introduce industry standard benchmarks of reasonableness on intra-company payments. For example, if the commodity market price for coffee is X, Starbucks UK can pay Starbucks Switzerland up to 120% of X for coffee. Paying 200 or 300% is tax evasion. Structure the law so it is the company claiming the deduction that has to prove to the tax authorities that the deduction is allowable. For example, for Google Bermuda to charge Google Ireland $11bn a year for IP, they need to prove that either Google Bermuda developed that IP themselves, or else that Google Bermuda paid for that IP at a fair market price relative to the 11bn a year they want to charge for it.
Yes, it will probably cost a few hundred millions to set up and administer, but it will increase tax revenues by many billions, most of which will be coming from the richest people on the planet, who have become so rich partly because teh laws they lobbied and paid for allowed them to avoid so much taxes
*hey, isn't that what politicians and civil servants are paid for?
**in fact, the simpler, the better