Links Sep 24

A Good Deal Better: Uganda’s Secret Oil Contracts Explained Global Witness

Taxation and Organized State Criminality – the Case of Zambia Pambazuka News
See also: Friendly judge rescues M’membe from ZRA over K26.8 m tax evasion Zambian Watchdog

Brazil, U.S. sign tax pact frozen by spy scandal Reuters
“Under the tax agreement the Brazilian tax agency will provide the U.S. Internal Revenue Service with the financial information of U.S. taxpayers in Brazil and vice-versa, the finance ministry said” – The point is, assets of Latin American clients of U.S. private banking may well not be held in the U.S. itself, but in an offshore subsidiary.

Unitary Taxation in Federal and Regional Integrated Markets International Centre for Tax and Development

Exclusive: Starbucks beware – union leader seeks jail terms for overseas tax avoiders The Independent

FACT Coalition Issues Response to Treasury Actions to Limit Corporate Inversions
See also: New U.S. tax rules chill ‘inversion’ deal-making; shares dive Reuters and Treasury Avoids Toughest Action on Offshore Tax Moves Bloomberg

Ireland: Corporate tax row ‘damaged’ our reputation Irish Independent
See also: Government in search of new strategy for Dublin’s offshore financial centre FinFacts Ireland, and  “We are not a tax haven.” They all say that

Billionaires and Tax Evaders On The Rise In Greece Greek Reporter

Germany tightens rules for tax dodgers Deutsche Welle

Canada Revenue Agency’s incentive-based ‘whistleblower’ program draws more than 1,000 calls Financial Post

Peruvian mayor with no other assets linked to offshore bank account Financial Secrecy Media Monitor


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G20: Pressure rising on tax haven USA

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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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