Palaniappan Chidambaram, the Indian Finance Minister;
David Gauke, Exchequer Secretary to the UK Treasury; the
TEI Global tax Advocacy Taskforce;
Algirdas Semeta, tax commissioner for the EU;
UK Uncut and the Occupy movements; and
Twitter, among a whole host of other global tax
While the list only runs to 50, the list of influencers in
global tax is growing all the time.
Martin Hearson, former tax policy adviser for
wrote a list of the five people he felt were missing,
including Armando Lara Yaffar, chairman of the
UN’s Committee of Experts (tax) and Tizhong Liao,
China’s member of the same group; Margaret Hodge
of the UK Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee;
Savior Mwamba from Zambian NGO Center for Trade Policy and
Development; Masatsugu Asakawa and Michelle Levac, who
chair the OECD’s Committee on Fiscal Affairs and
the Working Party No 6 on intangibles, respectively;.
Tizhong Liao is the deputy director general of international
taxation at the Chinese State Administration for Tax and his
influence during the UN Committee of Expert meetings and the
drafting of the practical manual on transfer pricing was
evident. His arguments were strong and reasoned, explaining
that developing countries, in particular the BRICS, were not
being fairly represented because some decisions were being
based on the previous committee, whose members were
LinkedIn said women were not sufficiently represented in
the top 50 list. "Four women out of 50. Five if I count the
woman on top of the Wall Street bull, which is not a fair
addition," said one respondent.
While this is again a fair comment, if you look at some of
the organisations mentioned, which have women in the lead, such
as Janice Lucchesi of TEI and Elaine Kamarck of the Rate
Coalition, we have done slightly better.
Marlies de Ruiter, head of the OECD’s tax
treaties, transfer pricing and financial transactions division,
would have been a worthy inclusion, along with Levac, of the
Canada Revenue Agency, mentioned above.
LinedIn commentators also suggested Christine Lagarde,
director of the IMF, instead of Nicolas Sarkozy: "after all she
was the finance minister in his government and she is now
playing a more important role than him on taxes (at least for
the world) with her job at the IMF" and Angela Merkel for work
trying to get a more tax-consistent Europe.