Links Mar 14

Money laundering: Own up, owners The Economist
Insight into the status and potential of beneficial ownership transparency, following this week’s European Parliament vote “to back open registers for companies, trusts, foundations and practically any other corporate vehicle or legal arrangement that is deemed to be open to abuse”, examining why “for trusts, this would mark a sea change in disclosure”.

The great corporate cash-hoarding crisis Al Jazeera
David Cay Johnston on how companies are turning a profit on their taxes. See also: Uncle Sam is paying US companies to borrow their tax-sheltered cash Quartz, and Cash Abroad Rises $206 Billion as Apple to IBM Avoid Tax  Bloomberg

Luxembourg Says Savings-Tax Deal Still Possible by End of March Bloomberg
See also: Luxembourg blocks EU tax transparency (again) Financial Secrecy Media Monitor

Austria Agrees Support For New EU Savings Tax Directive Tax-News

Turkish PM refutes claims of accounts in Swiss banks Hurrriyet Daily News

India: Many HSBC swiss account holders may escape income-tax net The Economic Times

Australia: Bank deal with Switzerland of no use catching former tax cheats: Treasury Sydney Morning Herald

Argentina signs agreement with Switzerland to access bank data La Nacíon
But Switzerland refuses automatic exchange of information, the agreement provides for on-request only. Hat tip: Jorge Gaggero. 

Over US$318mn in taxes paid, Google responds to Brazil’s communications minister Brazilian American Chamber of Commerce
See also: Brazil tries to grasp online cross-border taxation ZDNet

Zimbabwe: Govt Fumes Over Diamond Revenue allAfrica / The Herald

Nigeria: Capital flight: An epidemic that must be stopped Business Day

Ukraine: Investigations Mushroom In Kurchenko’s Wake Hetq
Ukrainian ex-billionaire, suspected of being a front man for overthrown President Viktor Yanukovych’s family, had companies registered offshore that are accused of trading in oil products using a tax evasion scheme costing Ukraine’s government an estimated US$1 billion in lost revenues.

Putin’s Enablers; The West is complicit in Russia’s corruption Slate

Uzbek president’s daughter faces Swiss money-laundering investigation The Guardian

Bahrain news: Investment bank to fund USD 3 billion “financial park” in Tunisia Financial Secrecy Media Monitor

Cayman: 80% of whistleblowers sacked Cayman News Service
Some parallels in accountability, fairness and transparency in the Bahamas?

Call for more action to shake Cayman tax image Cayman27

CBC Sunday Edition Talks Tax Fairness Canadians for Tax Fairness

Tax law to force US expats to seek new investments Gulf News

New Citizens for Tax Justice Reports Explain Obama’s Budget Tax Provisions

Apple iTax: made in Ireland, designed in the US The Conversation

Where does the money go when you buy a phone? TJN Norway

British Virgin Islands, US Close to Signing FATCA Agreement Caribbean Journal

German court sentences Bayern boss Hoeness to jail for tax evasion Reuters

UK: One Direction urge fans to lobby George Osborne about corporate tax avoidance The Independent
Pop band with 18 million Twitter followers move into tax justice activism through Global Citizen, meanwhile, structuring their finances in Ireland.

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Will the G20 ever end the global problem of tax avoidance and tax evasion?

HamburgAhead of the G20 Summit in Hamburg this week our own George Turner has published this op-ed in the German newspaper Die Tageszeitung today. The article discusses why, despite sustained political engagement from world leaders, we are still some way from solving the problem of tax avoidance and tax evasion. Here’s an English translation of the article:


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