ITR Global Tax 50 2022: Raquel Buenrostro Sanchez
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ITR Global Tax 50 2022: Raquel Buenrostro Sanchez

Secretariat of the economy, Mexico


Known as Mexico’s ‘iron lady’ of tax, Raquel Buenrostro Sánchez was recently promoted to economy minister and granted more power to build on this tough reputation.

During her four years as head of the Tax Administration Service (SAT), Buenrostro cracked down hard on tax evasion and avoidance, going after large businesses to raise revenue. She also made procurement spending cuts to save the SAT funding at the same time.

A close ally to the Mexican president Andrés Manuel López Oprador (known as AMLO), Buenrostro was given the task of boosting tax revenue through more efficient collection. The president was not afraid to scare businesses to do so, and neither was Buenrostro.

The president had so much faith in Buenrostro that he would often bypass the finance minister to talk to her about tax matters. In return for her hard work, Buenrostro was promoted to economy minister in October 2022.

She is now Mexico’s voice in trade talks with Canada and the US as the three countries review the US-Mexico Canada Agreement, which may be up for a renegotiation from December. This could mean the North American trade deal will undergo face key changes in 2023.

Once the scourge of tax-dodgers, Buenrostro will have tariffs as her main weapon if negotiations don’t go Mexico’s way. The talks could redefine trade across North America.

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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