Links Feb 17

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Tax havens: ‘Why do we tolerate this?’ devex
Interview with Eva Joly, chair of the Committee on Development at the European Parliament

Upgrade needed to suggested tax standard Australian Financial Review
Letter from TJN Australia. For more detail on the issues see here.

UK: So much for George Osborne’s promise of tax riches from Swiss accounts crackdown The Telegraph
See also TJN Analysis from October 2011 UK-Swiss tax agreement – doomed to fail

Pakistan: A potential bombshell Tax Directory to be out today The News
See also recent blog Should donors boost aid to Pakistan if it won’t tax its élites?

Commodity Trading – What Is Switzerland Hiding? Africa Progress Panel

How to Write About Tax Havens and the Super-Rich: An Interview with Nicholas Shaxson The Atlantic

Rupert Murdoch’s empire receives $882m tax rebate from Australia The Guardian
“Payment revealed by News Corp in US likely to reignite debate over how much tax is paid by international corporations”. See also: Murdoch proves tax havens cost real people money Tax Research UK

Morocco Takes Strides To Combat Tax Evasion Tax-News

Spanish EU Commissioner could target Gibraltar in new anti-tax drive Panorama

Be Transparent, Irish PwC Tax Chief Tells Businesses Tax-News

Barbados Agrees To Enter FATCA Talks Tax-News

Belgium investigating energy giant GDF Suez for tax evasion The Hindu

Congress Is About to Shower More Tax Breaks on Corporations After Telling the Unemployed to Drop Dead Citizens for Tax Justice

Investors are losing interest in complex tax-avoidance structures Quartz

China: UBS helped set up offshore firm for wife, daughter of corrupt railways official, database shows South China Morning Post

G20-BRICS Update – The G20 “Fossil Fools” Troika Heinrich Boell Foundation

Top 12 weirdest tax rules around the world The Christian Science Monitor

Abba’s Outrageous Outfits Were A Tax Avoidance Scheme Huffington Post

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