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EU to Decide Next Week on Irish, Dutch Tax-Breaks Probe Bloomberg

UK fails to block proceeds of corrupt Nigerian oil deal Global Witness
See also: UK leads charge in some key battles against corruption – now others must follow Global Witness

Offshore Shell Games 2014: The Use of Offshore Tax Havens by Fortune 500 Companies Citizens for Tax Justice / U.S.PIRG
See also press release Study: 70% of Fortune 500 companies used tax havens in 2013 and Most big US companies use offshore ‘tricks’ to avoid taxes-activists Reuters

U.S. authorities extend deadline for Swiss banks in tax case Reuters

Swiss say working with Egypt, Ukraine to recover stolen assets Reuters
Director of the Swiss foreign ministry’s international public law department says they don’t only act when someone loses power, that there’s a legal arsenal to prevent funds being accepted in Switzerland. Lots of ways around that one. He does admit there are “cases that fall between the cracks”.

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