Shell publishes new Tax Contribution Report
Dec 17, 2019
Royal Dutch Shell (Shell) has today published a new report detailing the corporate income tax that Shell companies paid in countries and locations around the world in 2018.
“Transparency is important for Shell - showing who we are and what we do is one of the best ways we can demonstrate the many contributions we make to society,” said Jessica Uhl, Shell Chief Financial Officer. “We hope that this report will help to create a better understanding of our businesses and the taxes we pay.”
The Tax Contribution Report provides information about the corporate income tax Shell paid in countries and locations in which we have a taxable presence across all our businesses.
In 2018, Shell companies paid $10.1 billion in corporate income tax and $5.8 billion in royalties around the world. On behalf of governments, we also collected some $48.2 billion in excise duties, sales taxes and similar levies on our fuel and other products.
Shell’s overall effective tax rate was 32.9% in 2018.*
Shell is committed to tax compliance. We seek to comply with the applicable tax laws in all the countries and locations where we have a taxable presence. In 2018, we endorsed a set of responsible tax principles developed by the B Team, a not-for-profit organisation whose mission is to help companies establish responsible business practices.
The Tax Contribution Report is part of Shell’s commitment to these principles and includes country-by-country report data.
The Shell Tax Contribution Report complements other publications such as our Sustainability Report, Industry Associations Climate Review, Payments to Governments Report, Energy Transition Report and Ethics and Compliance Manual.
To read the Tax Contribution Report, go to www.shell.com/taxcontributionreport
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Notes to editors:
*Effective tax rate
This percentage is calculated by dividing the $11.7 billion tax charge reported in our 2018 Annual Report and 20-F by the profit before tax, based on international accounting standards. The tax charge is the amount of corporate income tax we expect will be due on current-year profits. The tax charge will be paid in current or later years in line with local tax regulations.
B Team Responsible Tax Principles
The B Team Responsible Tax Principles were developed with a group of leading companies, along with involvement from civil society, investors and representatives from international institutions. They cover areas such as tax management, interactions with authorities and other stakeholders, and reporting. We invite companies to endorse these principles and work towards reflecting them in their company practices.
Country-by-country reporting (CbCR) is a standard formulated by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. Under Action 13 of the base erosion and profit shifting (BEPS) package, all large multinational enterprises are required to prepare CbCR aggregated data for revenue, profit, taxes paid and economic activity among tax jurisdictions in which they operate. This CbCR is shared with tax administrations for use in high-level transfer pricing and BEPS risk assessments.
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