Links Jul 30

Go after bigwig tax cheats The Jamaica Gleaner

Indian Government revamps I-T tech for overseas tax information sharing The Times of India

The EU Should Beware Of Russian Interest In Balkan Banks Forbes
Intriguing story involving the tactics of shell companies and “puppet” frontmen.

Key developments in the Yukos affair globalpost / Agence France Presse
See also: Hague Court Rules Against Russia In Yukos Case Radio Free Europe

Zimbabwe: Tax Evasion Allegations Baseless – ECONET allAfrica
A whistleblower story. See also: Former Vanguard employee sues company in tax evasion suit -WSJ Reuters

Nigeria: Illicit flows and corporate tax dodgers compound poverty Business Day

Africa losing $58b annually to the world The East African

Banks now expect smaller fines under US tax deal swissinfo

Isle of Man news: “Jersey links” private bank Kleinwort Benson to leave island Financial Secrecy Media Monitor

Tax Crimes in Bulgaria on the Rise Novinvite

Hedge Fund ‘Basket’ Options And The Second Hundred Years’ War Forbes / Tax Analysts

Bankers push ‘tax-dodge’ M&A deals Reuters

This farcical tax system is cheating us out of billions The Guardian
Slabs of corporate tax are vanishing, as Britain turns into a tax haven that cheats itself in the process

Spain’s ‘Google Tax’ Law A Reaction To Silicon Valley’s International Tax Evasion International Business Times

How to Stop Canadian Multinationals from Dodging Their Taxes The Tyee
By Dennis Howlett of Canadians for Tax Fairness

Shay: Take the Tax Juice Out of Corporate Expatriations TaxProf Blog
See also: No More Subsidizing Corporate Tax Cheats Huffington Post, and More Tax Inversion News TaxProf Blog providing some more links to recent articles on the inversion topic

Spanish Court Moving Forward With Messi Tax Evasion Case Forbes


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