TaxCOOP is an international nonpartisan conference on tax competition and the weaknesses of the current taxation system in the era of trade globalization and the web. This situation has allowed mobile taxpayers to choose their tax residency and encourages States to engage in competition over tax rates.
The TaxCOOP conference is an annual invitation to government officials, politicians, business people, academics and members of civil society from all countries to jointly reflect on the issues of tax competition, to hear what world experts have to say, and to discover new initiatives.
TaxCOOP is a neutral and nonpartisan international conference that focuses specifically on tax competition.
In an era marked by globalization and the growing importance of the web, the current principles underlying global taxation are outdated. Indeed, while some leading companies have acquired a global dimension, tax authorities are confined within the limits of national borders.
This new situation allows international taxpayers to choose their tax residency and encourages States to compete to attract and retain these investors. This forces governments to lower their corporate tax rates and provide multiple tax benefits to stimulate short-term economic recovery and growth.
This new fiscal pact stacks the deck in favour of international taxpayers to the detriment of others.
TaxCOOP was invited to participate at the Commission sur la révision de la fiscalité québécoise du Gouvernement du Québec and to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance in 2014.
TaxCOOP is an invitation for everyone to stop and jointly reflect. We are inviting government officials, politicians, business people, academics and members of civil society from all countries to attend this unique forum to reflect on tax competition between States and between local and international taxpayers.
TaxCOOP’s ultimate goal is to present the first global conference on taxation in Montreal in 2020. The TaxCOOP project started in 2015 in Montreal and has since criss-crossed the planet from one international organisation to another. TaxCOOP2016 was presented at the World Bank and the book, Winning the Tax Wars, was published to commemorate that event. TaxCOOP2017 was presented at the United Nations in Geneva and TaxCOOP2018 is to be presented at the OECD headquarters. TaxCOOP is the only public conference on the prestigious GLOBAL TAX 50 list of the magazine International Tax Review, featuring the 50 most influential personalities and organisations in the world of taxation.
Brigitte Alepin is the instigator of the TaxCOOP conferences. At the beginning of 2013, realizing that the crucial issue of international tax competition between nations and between companies was not yet addressed at the international level, Brigitte Alepin met Daniel McMahon, President of the Quebec CPA Order, to see if he would agree to join her in setting up the first world conference on tax competition. He accepted. In 2013 and 2014, Brigitte Alepin traveled the globe to see if international organizations and tax leaders would be interested in TaxCOOP. Once the OECD tax leaders and the UN confirmed their official participation, TaxCOOP was launched.