Links Feb 7

Delayed European Parliament vote crucial for corporate transparency Eurodad
See also: Time for action on financial transparency euobserver

Bankers take fight over U.S. anti-tax dodge rules to appeals court Reuters

Bettel- Luxembourg won’t block expansion of EU savings directive Reuters
Lip-service, or a real commitment? Note the report states “in the long term”.

Swiss Finance Directors Push For Corporate Tax Reform Tax-News
“Despite the privileged taxation of international companies, they are nevertheless a key source of income for the state”

Avi-Yonah Posts Tax Papers on SSRN TaxProf
Reuven S. Avi-Yonah has posted several tax papers on SSRN:
Is it Time to Coordinate Corporate Tax Rates? A Note on Horst
The One Percent Solution: Corporate Tax Returns Should Be Public (And How to Get There)
No Country is an Island: Is a Radical Rethinking of International Taxation Needed?
Splitting the Unsplittable: Toward a Formulary Approach to Allocating Residuals Under Profit Split

Equatorial Guinea: Squandered riches Financial Times

Angola’s Biggest Threat Is Offshore – and It’s Not Piracy Think Africa Press

Illicit flows pick Africa’s pockets Business Report

Germany: Merkel party treasurer to resign over tax haven investments europe online magazine
See also: Germany’s SPD Seek Tougher Action On Tax Evasion Tax-News

Google’s tax returns are trop petite says Hollande The Register “French prez spits out Dutch sandwich”, Yahoo! move a blow to France The Irish Times, France will not tolerate tax avoidance, says François Hollande The Telegraph, and François Hollande attacks US tech firms’ tax schemes The Guardian

U.S.: New IRS Commissioner Wants to Move Forward – We Should Let Him Tax Analysts Blog

Jamie Dimon’s Raise Proves U.S. Regulatory Strategy is a Joke Rolling Stone/Taiibblog

Citywealth International Financial Centre awards announced: winners include Jersey and Credit Suisse Financial Secrecy Media Monitor


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