Links Jul 18

Citizenship for investment: These tax-havens attract rich Africans Capital FM Kenya

Falciani fallout: Britain recoups millions from Swiss bank list swissinfo

Flagrant misconduct: UK Lord forced to apologize for signing lobbying contract with overseas tax haven RT

Cayman’s ‘Operation Tempura’ to be analyzed at next month’s OffshoreAlert Conference

Transparent company ownership: how does the UK government’s proposed action live up to its rhetoric? Global Witness

Higher charges on the way for German tax amnesty users STEP

Taxing change of titles at Google Australia The Sydney Morning Herald

Jersey Breaking Ground On Bitcoin, Clarifies Tax Rules Tax-News
Reporting that Jersey has launched the first Bitcoin investment fund, with no anti-money laundering regime as Jersey Financial Services Commission says risks needs still need to be analysed.

Jersey: Kleinwort Benson bank hires forensic experts to investigate client data leak BBC

Singapore proposes tougher anti-money laundering rules Reuters

Accountants Urge Caution From Irish BEPS Response Tax-News

US could lose $20B from corporate tax inversions CNBC
See also: Race to Cut Taxes Fuels Urge to Merge, David Cay Johnston’ column Stop the tax inversions of free-riding corporations Al Jazeera, and Corporate Tax: Is It All About Patriotism and Morality? The Tax Analysts Blog

Corporate Tax Behavior So Bad Even Fortune Magazine Can’t Stomach It The America Prospect

The Internet Does Not Need Special Breaks Citizens for Tax Justice


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