Developing Nations, Advocacy Groups Call on U.N. to Better Fight Tax Evasion

By Colby Adams

Advocacy groups and developing countries are lobbying the United Nations to bolster its role in fighting tax crimes following disappointments with the efforts of an intergovernmental group representing wealthy nations. At least five nongovernmental organizations and six developing nations have petitioned the U.N.'s Economic and Social Affairs Committee to endow its Committee of Experts on International Cooperation in Tax Matters with the power to negotiate binding tax cooperation commitments. The groups are also asking that member-states allocate greater funding for the committee. The U.N. subsidiary organization, also known as the U.N. Tax Committee, includes 25 experts on international tax crimes,...