Nigeria Missing As Over 130 Nations Agree On Global Tax Reform

Secretary-General of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Mathias Cormann (R) and US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken hold a closing press conference at the 60th OECD Ministerial Council Meeting on October 6, 2021, in Paris. Ian LANGSDON / POOL / AFP

A global push to enact a minimum international tax on big corporations moved closer to reality on Friday as one of the last holdouts, Hungary, agreed to join a reform that now counts 136 countries.

The OECD-brokered deal, which sets a global tax of 15 percent, is aimed at stopping international corporations from slashing tax bills by registering in nations with low rates.

“Today’s agreement will make our international tax arrangements fairer and work better,” said OECD Secretary-General Mathias Cormann. “This is a major victory for effective and balanced multilateralism.”

Hungary’s announcement came a day after another key opponent, Ireland — whose low tax rate has attracted the likes of Apple and Google — relented and agreed to join the global effort.

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