ITR Global Tax 50 2022: Richard Murphy
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ITR Global Tax 50 2022: Richard Murphy

Director of Tax Research UK

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Long-time blogger and campaigner, Richard Murphy continues to be an influential voice in tax policy from academia to social media. He’s one of the most prominent voices on tax regularly featured in UK media.

Today, Murphy is professor of accounting at Sheffield University Management School and director of Tax Research UK, a position in which he offers advice and commentary including to trade unions and political parties.

Some might be surprised to hear that this accountant-turned-tax campaigner started out at KPMG and worked in-house. He has a similar background to most British tax professionals, but his career has taken a very different route over the last 20 years.

He was a founding member of the Tax Justice Network (TJN) and helped define its three-part agenda in 2002: automatic exchange of information (AEOI), public country-by-country reporting (CbCR)and unitary taxation by formulary apportionment.

The OECD has since taken up AEOI and Australia and the EU may be about to introduce public CbCR. The world is still far away from formulary apportionment, but the OECD’s two-pillar solution takes us closer to this systemic change.

Something of an entrepreneur when it comes to NGOs, Murphy founded the Corporate Accountability Network in 2019 to promote responsible accounting standards in businesses. His work will continue to be relevant in 2023.

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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