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Establishing the baseline: estimating the fiscal contribution of multinational enterprises

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  • CASELLA, BRUNO
  • BOLWIJN, RICHARD
  • RIGO, DAVIDE

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ax revenues from multinational enterprises (MNEs) are an important source of public finance in developing economies. The research and policy debate so far have mostly focused on the “missing” part, i.e. the government revenues lost due to the tax avoidance practices of MNEs (Bolwijn et al., 2018). In this study, we take a different, but complementary, approach, looking at the taxes and other revenues actually paid by foreign affiliates of MNEs to developing-country governments. We present two alternative methodologies to estimate foreign affiliates’ fiscal contribution – the contribution method and the foreign direct investment (FDI) income method – and show that they lead to the same order of magnitude. The findings allow us to set a baseline for an informed discussion on tax avoidance by MNEs.

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  • Casella, Bruno & Bolwijn, Richard & Rigo, Davide, 2018. "Establishing the baseline: estimating the fiscal contribution of multinational enterprises," MPRA Paper 95190, University Library of Munich, Germany.
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    Keywords

    multinational enterprise; fiscal contribution; BEPS; domestic revenues; developing countries;
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    JEL classification:

    • F2 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business
    • F21 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - International Investment; Long-Term Capital Movements
    • F23 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - Multinational Firms; International Business

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