ITR Global Tax 50 2022: Paolo Gentiloni
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ITR Global Tax 50 2022: Paolo Gentiloni

Commissioner for the economy, European Commission


Commissioner Paolo Gentiloni is one of the indispensable tax policymakers in the world. He has overseen the European Commission’s response to COVID-19 and its ambitious work on corporate tax reform.

One of Gentiloni’s key achievements has been developing the Business in Europe Framework for Income Taxation (BEFIT) plan to create an EU-wide corporate tax regime. The plan could see the EU turn away from traditional transfer pricing in favour of a more formulaic tax system.

However, the fate of the BEFIT plan is tied up with the pillar two proposal for a minimum corporate tax rate of 15%. The Commission may be able to build on this minimum rate to further EU integration, but this may be easier said than done.

Before joining the Commission in 2019, Gentiloni had a long career in Italian politics and served as prime minister from 2016 to 2018. In return, the Italian government backed Gentiloni to represent the country at the European Commission.

Going into 2023, Gentiloni can expect a political battle with European leaders over the BEFIT plan to establish a common corporate tax base across the EU. If pillar two is successful, Gentiloni may be able to win this battle.

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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