Links Mar 18

‘Yanukovych Leaks’ documents abuse of office DeutscheWelle
Presidential residence owned by an Austrian company, which in turn was owned by a British firm, that was controlled by a trust in Liechtenstein. ‘ “If Yanukovych had run his country’s affairs like he did his private life in Mezhyhirya, we would be a rich country.” Ukrainian journalist Anna Babinez said jokingly.’ See also:

Would the US even know if Vladimir Putin was keeping cash in the country? Quartz

Euro Parliament pressuring illicit money flows; ball in US’s court The Voice of Russia

BEPS Work Beneficial For Business, Says NZ Minister Tax-News

Berkshire May Avoid $400 Million Tax Bill In Graham Holdings Swap The Street

Why corporate America has never had it this good in the modern era of taxes Quartz

Britain’s five richest families worth more than poorest 20% The Guardian
Oxfam report reveals scale of inequality in UK as charity appeals to chancellor over tax

UK: HMRC crackdown on big business wins £2bn Financial Times (paywall)
“The sharp decline is also a sign of increasing pressure on companies to relinquish aggressive tax planning.”

Launch an inquiry into the relationship between parliament and City of London

Automatic information exchange with the Crown Dependencies is all very good but what if HMRC is too short staffed to use the data? Tax Research UK

Ghana’s weak tax system breaking economy – Report GhanaWeb
See also: Ghana Integrity Initiative demands review of Ghana’s tax regime GhanaWeb

Zimbabwe: Govt Fumes Over Diamond Revenue allAfrica / The Herald

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