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Black money: Switzerland refuses to share information on bank account holders, Delhi mulls strong response The Economic Times

India, US to intensify cooperation in tax evasion cases The Economic Times

Bahamas: The Right To Know Nassau Guardian
“… one does not expect that the person seeking to convince us to swallow VAT is himself a tax dodger and has been so for a very long time” …”the public indeed has the right to know whether its elected and appointed officials are compliant in the payment of taxes”. For the Bahamas story see here and here.

Bangladesh: Rights groups want curbs on multinationals’ tax dodging The Daily Star

Kenya: Treasury must draw up more creative tax policies Business Daily
Citing “KRA’s propensity to only reach for the low hanging fruits which often hurt the poor most, even as the rich dodge taxes through investment incentives, transfer mispricing and capital gains.” See also: There is widening inequality between Africa poor and rich Spy Ghana, and recent report by TJN-Africa and Christian Aid.

The Role of Tax Treaties in Facilitating Development and Protecting the Tax Base Social Science Research Network

Luxembourg Gets Set For AEI In 2015 Tax-News

Cayman: Beneficial Ownership Register would cripple markets Cayman News Service
See also: Chamber, lawyers blast UK ‘beneficial ownership’ plan Compass Cayman

British Virgin Islands: Latest data confirms fall in company incorporations during 2013 Financial Secrecy Media Monitor

Bermuda news: signs of resistance to the Finance Curse? Financial Secrecy Media Monitor

The price of falling EU corporation tax rates: €107 billion Tax Research UK

U.S.: Report Finding Massive Corporate Tax Avoidance Released Same Day as Congressional Plan to Slash Corporate Tax Rate Citizens for Tax Justice

A Third Of America’s Most Successful Corporations Pay Less Than A 10 Percent Income Tax Rate ThinkProgress

Boeing has big tax refund coming from Uncle Sam — again The Seattle Times
“Boeing got a $199 million federal tax refund in 2013, and over the past 12 years has accumulated tax refunds of $1.6 billion.”

Manus Island’s $3.5m kitchen in a tent The Sydney Morning Herald
Corporation contracted to run immigration detention centres operates through network of subsidiaries in tax havens including the British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands, the Netherlands Antilles and Luxembourg. Hat tip: Offshore Watch.

Greek Finance Ministry Attempts to Tackle Tax Evasion Greek Reporter

Slovakia: Slower growth in interest in tax haven Slovak Spectator
See also: Slovaka combats tax evasion

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