Links Sep 23

U.S. Treasury moves against tax-avoidance ‘inversion’ deals Reuters
See additional links to press and blogosphere coverage via TaxProf Blog, and AstraZeneca shares fall as Obama thwarts tax inversion deals The Guardian

U.S. Business Shows Continuing Concern Over BEPS Tax-News
U.S. Business Roundtable says BEPS could hurt U.S. multinationals, includes a concern for “country by country reporting … to maintain its confidentiality”. See also recent TJN blogs on BEPS here and here.

India: Pressure on Switzerland on sharing bank account information The Economic Times
See also: Global spotlight on stolen data The Times of India, India urges all nations to join tax information pact The Financial Express, and recent blog OECD again pretends it’s solved the problem of financial secrecy

New Zealand banks baulking at global FATCA style initiative to combat tax evasion; Lobby group says the later we adopt it the better

Switzerland prepares to tighten screws on whistleblowers swissinfo / Reuters

Swiss cabinet presents plans for corporate tax reform swissinfo

Luxembourg Freeport  opens; officials deny it is “no-man’s land” Financial Secrecy Media Monitor

Azerbaijan: SOCAR Oil Deal Benefits Hidden Investors Linked To … SOCAR? Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project
Hat tip: ICIJ. Story involves “murky transactions” through a web of offshore entities.

France demands greater transparency from extractive industries EurActiv

DMS Consulting reports Spain before the European Commission for attacking the free movement of people and goods
In 2013 Spain introduced a high penalty on undeclared assets, where the entire undeclared asset is deemed income, taxable at 52% plus penalty of 150%. Now private lawyers are trying to get EU Commission to rule this is illegal according to EU law.

French rich hold €17bn in low-tax Belgium The Guardian


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