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Italian Economy Minister, Daniele Franco and Governor of the Bank of Italy, Ignazio Visco hold a press conference following G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors meeting in Venice, Italy. Photo: Baris Seckin/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

Finance ministers from the world's 20 largest economies backed a proposal on Saturday that seeks to introduce an international tax on multinational companies and sets a global minimum tax rate of 15%, Politico reports.

Why it matters: If enacted, the reform could alter who gets to tax multinational corporations and "stop multinationals from shifting profits into tax havens," Politico reports.

What they're saying: "After many years of discussions and building on the progress made last year, we have achieved a historic agreement on a more stable and fairer international tax architecture," the finance ministers from the G20 club, who met at a summit in Venice on Saturday, wrote in a statement.

  • "This is a victory for tax fairness, for social justice and for the multilateral system. But our work is not done ... I am optimistic that we will be able in that time also to reach a consensus among all European Union Member States on this crucial issue," said Paolo Gentiloni, the European commissioner for the economy, per Politico.
  • Some EU countries, such as Hungary, remain opposed to the deal.

What's next: Final approval of the deal is not expected until the G20 leaders' meeting in Rome in October, and some details still need to be worked out before then.

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South Dakota has become the world's foremost tax haven — right up there with the Cayman Islands, and ahead of old-fashioned locations like Switzerland. That's one of the clear messages from the Pandora Papers leak of confidential financial information about the world's richest individuals.

Why it matters: The hundreds of billions of dollars sequestered in South Dakota trusts generate no taxes and are effectively off limits to anybody who might have a legitimate claim on them.

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A new startup backed by funding from AOL founder Steve Case and Laurene Powell Jobs wants to break up broadband monopolies across the country.

Why it matters: Internet access has been crucial during the pandemic, but it's not ubiquitous, and it can be both slow and unaffordable in swaths of the country.

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Top general: China's hypersonic missile test "very close" to a "Sputnik moment"

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Gen. Mark Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, warned Wednesday that China's test of a hypersonic missile is "very concerning" and "very close" to the kind of "Sputnik moment" that triggered the Space Race during the Cold War.

Why it matters: The comments by America's top uniformed general underscore the depths of U.S. concerns about China's rapid military expansion and development of advanced weaponry.