Links Jun 25

The Twin Insurgency The American Interest
“The postmodern state is under siege from plutocrats and criminals who unknowingly compound each other’s insidiousness.”

Bangladesh: Anti Poor Tax Policy in Budget 2014-15 denies Redistributive Justice equitybd

Putin Pals Dealing With U.S. Firms Make Sanctions Useless Bloomberg
A story of shell companies.

Indians have $2.3 billion in Swiss banks—or maybe it’s 600 times that Quartz
See also: India opens new front in tax evasion battle swissinfo

Exclusive: EU warns Ireland it could expand tax probe beyond Apple – source Reuters
See also: European Commission Press Release: State aid: Commission investigates transfer pricing arrangements on corporate taxation of Apple (Ireland) Starbucks (Netherlands) and Fiat Finance and Trade (Luxembourg)

Monsanto Said to Have Weighed $40 Billion Syngenta Deal Bloomberg
More news on inversions.

Isle of Man: Tax campaigner to address public meeting IoM Today

UK: Tax avoidance crackdown set to cause wave of litigation Financial Times (paywall)

UK Uncut Call Out: Boot Out Boots


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