Honors Theses and Capstones

Date of Award

Spring 2017

Project Type

Senior Honors Thesis

College or School



Accounting and Finance

Program or Major

Accounting and Finance

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science

First Advisor

John Hasseldine


This analysis will look into the emerging global trend for increased tax transparency from large businesses and corporations. Tax transparency has been a growing topic globally and there has been some recent progress in several countries. This analysis will begin by looking into the motivation behind increasing the amount of transparency around a business’ tax affairs. After exploring some key driving factors, a few of the new major tax initiatives and the details encompassed in them will be discussed. The specific countries that will be focused on are the United States, Australia, and the United Kingdom.

Overall, this analysis is intended to be an unbiased look into the present developments occurring on how large businesses should deal with their tax affairs. It is apparent that the issue of tax transparency is being addressed in various ways in different countries, and barely addressed at all in some. The future of corporate tax transparency is unclear, but changes are being implemented today that must be followed in order to see their full impact in the future. This analysis will also briefly look into the impact that increasing tax transparency has had so far as well as possible speculations for the future.