Links Aug 5

Tax Administration Review: Inter-American Center of Tax Administrations – July 2014 edition

Tax benefits and tax evasion. Items for discussion in Colombia LatinDADD (In Spanish)

What does $13m lobbying in US buy for African nations? ICIJ

How to retrieve billions from Swiss banks? Pakistan Observer
See also: Pakistan-Switzerland negotiations to be held in Aug for the refund of $200bn ARY News

Portugal Reviews Espirito Santo Ties to Switzerland-based Eurofin, WSJ Says Bloomberg
See also: Luxembourg puts key BES bank shareholders in administration Luxemburger Wort

Cayman company directors need to register Cayman27
Those holding 20 or more directorships are called “professional directors”

Jersey industry ordered to report UK tax planning to regulator STEP

UK Revenue seeks to curb use of trusts to avoid inheritance tax Financial Times (paywall)

Wealthy Latin Americans have taken their money elsewhere El País (In Spanish)

Dolce & Gabbana Ask Anna Wintour to Squash Tax Fraud Exposé Jezebel

NPR: Debate Over Corporate Tax ‘Inversions’
See also: US Congress Urged To Deny Contracts To Inverters Tax-News

S&P: Wealth gap is slowing US economic growth Yahoo News

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