Links Oct 1

Taxing the digital economy is (going to be) an African issue Martin Hearson’s Blog

Andorra news: Tax haven secrets uncovered Financial Secrecy Media Monitor

Crackdown on Apple in Ireland Opens Front on Tax Avoidance War Bloomberg
See also: EU Takes Forward Irish Advance Tax Ruling Probe Tax-News “Irish revenue may have conferred a selective advantage to technology giant Apple in breach of state aid rules”Apple Inc. Could Owe $8 Billion In Back Taxes To EU International Business Times, How much is Apple on the hook for in Ireland? Or, how long’s a piece of string? Tax Research UK, EU’s Apple claim increases pressure for Irish tax reform The Irish Times

Automatic information exchange to help India and Switzerland The Economic Times
But Swiss still speaking of holdout in information sharing.

UBS Said to Pay $1.4 Billion Bail in France Tax Probe Bloomberg

Switzerland: Are pampered rich wrecking cantonal finances? swissinfo
See also: Low tax cantons struggling to balance books swissinfo

A Swiss Move to Bolster Some Bank Secrecy Builds Steam The Wall Street Journal

Tax case involving Bermuda subsidiary could have large implications for US multinationals Financial Secrecy Media Monitor

EU’s investigation into Fiat deal an ‘all-out attack’ on Luxembourg’s tax practices The Economic Times

Six ways America is hurting itself with its corporate secrecy obsession Quartz

Why inequality is such a drag on economies The Financial Times (Paywall)

Country-by-country reporting as a way to counter tax avoidance TJN Germany (In German)

Recent news links from TJN Germany


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