Links Jul 28

The DGI of Uruguay, together with the Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information and the CIAT, promote a regional sharing of experiences on Information Exchange Inter-American Center of Tax Administrations (CIAT)

Uruguay news: authorities concerned about “illegal activity” in free trade zones Financial Secrecy Media Monitor

Does new global financial info-share regime leave India high and dry? Hindustan Times
See recent blogs on the OECD’s new information exchange standard here and here.

Swiss bank secrecy: A whistleblower’s woes The Economist
On Rudolf Elmer and the Swiss tax haven’s vicious assault on whistleblowers.

France indicts UBS for money laundering and tax fraud STEP

Ending the race to the bottom: why responsible companies should pay taxes The Guardian
See recent quote by IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde on the race to the bottom here, and for further resources see here.

Ireland: Accountants Urge Caution From Irish BEPS Response Tax-News

Ireland: Act now on corporation tax to avoid worse pain later Irish Independent

After moving money around, Google paid tiny amount in European taxes arstechnica

Alibaba’s I.P.O. Could Be a Bonanza for the Scions of Chinese Leaders Dealb%k
See the tangled web of Caribbean shell companies.

Cayman registers almost 20% of FATCA Foreign Financial Institutions globally; more than the UK, Switzerland and Luxembourg combined Financial Secrecy Media Monitor

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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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