Links Aug 27

Africa losing revenue due to faulty treaties – tax experts The Star

New UK anti-corruption rules unveiled for oil and mining companies Global Witness

UK Chancellor George Osborne accused of lying to Parliament on his ‘hard line’ against corporate tax avoiders The Independent

Scotland has a General Anti-Avoidance Rule Tax Research UK

US tech executive denies Ireland is a tax haven Irish Independent
If not a tax haven, what is it? A bagel?

Voices from Delaware are speaking out against anonymous company ownership Global Witness

Whopper? Microsoft Skirts Billions In Taxes, Google, HP & Apple Have It Their Way Too Forbes

Will U.S. Congress Let Burger King’s Shareholders Have It Their Way? Citizens for Tax Justice
See also: Burger King buys Tim Hortons: The ‘hypocrisy’ of Warren Buffett The Independent, and Proposals to Resolve the Crisis of Corporate Inversions Citizens for Tax Justice

Dubai clients may sue Standard Chartered over account closures STEP


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