ITR Global Tax 50 2022: Katie Hepworth
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ITR Global Tax 50 2022: Katie Hepworth

Former responsible tax lead at PIRC


With a background as a campaigner, Katie Hepworth has built a strong profile in the tax industry.

In 2021, she became responsible tax lead at the Pensions & Investment Research Consultants (PIRC) – one of Europe’s largest independent corporate governance and advisory consultancies.

Now she is a political and strategic adviser at the Australian Manufacturing Workers’ Union.

At PIRC, Hepworth supported tax standards including the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), which pushes companies to adopt stronger tax transparency standards. The GRI aims to show tax receipts to shareholders in the countries where companies operate.

Companies including Amazon, Microsoft and Cisco Systems were highlighted by Hepworth for not implementing enough tax transparency measures.

“All this proposal asks for is that they make this information public, to provide investors with greater oversight of the structure of their business and how their tax planning strategy corresponds with their business and sustainability strategies,” she said at the time.

This year, Hepworth reaffirmed her role as an advocate for the GRI standard, where companies would implement public country-by-country reporting (CbCR) on a voluntary basis.

While many companies already comply with CbCR requirements at a regional level, the GRI aims to further increase the transparency of information.

Hepworth may have worked on the GRI only briefly, but some of the biggest companies in the world faced transparency demands from investors as a result of her work.

Global Tax 50 2022

Breaking down the entire 50 individually according to the impact they made would require too granular an approach. Each entry is in alphabetical order as part of categories, i.e. individuals, to make it simpler to navigate.

Industry figures
Tax authorities
Public officials
Noteworthy individuals
Vice president of global transfer pricing and tax disputes, Johnson & Johnson
Chair of tax policy group, BusinessEurope
Director and head of international tax for Meta Latin America
Head of transfer pricing, AstraZeneca
Executive vice president of global tax and treasury, Unilever
Global head of tax, Siemens
Chair of the taxation committee, USCIB
Chair of the tax committee at BIAC
Commissioner of the Canada Revenue Agency
Commissioner of SARS
Minister of Revenue, New Zealand
Former IRS commissioner
Commissioner of the State Tax Administration
Executive secretary of ATAF
Director of direct taxation, coordination, economic analysis and evaluation, European Commission
Minister of finance, budget and national planning, Nigeria
US president
Departing president of Brazil
Secretariat of the economy, Mexico
Acting Head of the Tax Policy and Statistics Division, OECD
Co-chairs of the UN Committee of Experts on International Cooperation in Tax Matters (UN Tax Committee)
Commissioner for the economy, European Commission
Minister of finance, Indonesia
Head of TIWB secretariat
Prime minister of Japan
US senators
Director-general of the Public Debt Management Office, Thai Ministry of Finance
Chair of the House Ways & Means Committee
Director of the OECD’s Centre for Tax Policy and Administration
Head of the GloBE unit, OECD
President of Colombia
Acting deputy director of the Centre for Tax Policy and Administration, OECD
Former director of the Centre for Tax Policy and Administration, OECD
Lord of Kingswood, UK
Minister of finance and corporate affairs, India
UK prime minister and chancellor of the exchequer
Chair of the Senate Finance Committee
Secretary of the US Treasury
CEO and global chairman, EY
Tax attorney, blogger and podcaster, Taxgirl
Former Uber lobbyist
Director of Tax Research UK
Director of Tax Policy Associates
CEO of Opportunity Green
Chief executive of Tax Justice Network
Acting director of TaxWatch
Former responsible tax lead at PIRC
Chief executive of Fair Tax Foundation
Director of the ICIJ
Principal analyst for CICTAR
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