Annually, the magazine recognizes an individual or organization that had the most influence on international tax policy and practice for its Person of the Year. This year the feature, written by Stephanie Soong Johnston, focuses on the OECD’s base erosion and profit-shifting initiative and the key players who helped frame the discussion and advance the project.
Pascal Saint-Amans, director of the OECD Centre for Tax Policy and Administration (CTPA), is this year’s person of the year. He is recognized for his role in overseeing the OECD’s BEPS project, arguably the highest-profile international tax reform initiative in recent history.
“The BEPS action plan is halfway finished--no small feat for a project whose critics thought the deliverables timeline was overly ambitious and impossible to meet,” Soong Johnston writes.
“Keeping the project on task and on budget may be challenging, but Saint-Amans’s focus on efficiency has helped keep the project’s momentum strong,” Soong Johnston writes. “It should come as no surprise, then, that no more than 15 people at the CTPA are working on the BEPS project full time and on a shoestring budget.”
Key players recognized by Tax Notes International for their role in the BEPS project are:
- Robert Stack, Treasury deputy assistant secretary of international tax affairs, for his work in balancing the interests of the United States and its multinational businesses with the overall goals of the BEPS project.
- William Morris, chair of the Taxation and Fiscal Policy Committee of the OECD’s Business Industry Advisory Council, and Carol Doran Klein, United States Council for International Business, for their influential role in the BEPS discussions on behalf of business.
- Sol Picciotto, a senior adviser to the Tax Justice Network, for coordinating with the BEPS Monitoring Group to ensure that the concerns of developing countries are heard throughout the process.
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