Links Oct 6

Asia-Pacific’s developing nations raise low government revenue: United Nations The Economic Times

Switzerland Gives France Documents on 300 UBS Customers International Business Times
See also: UBS whistleblower criticises banking’s ‘code of silence’ swissinfo, UBS criticises Paris over tax probe Financial Times (paywall)

Statement from the Swiss Bankers Association regarding the “Yes to the protection of privacy” initiative (Matter initiative) Swiss Bankers Association

Zambia mulls higher mine royalties – source Mineweb / Bloomberg

How to convert illicit financial flows to develop Africa The News Nigeria

New Zealand: War on the high-tech dodgers – International loopholes take cash from Kiwis The New Zealand Herald

Greece & Cyprus: Still stealing what’s left of our money Cyprus Mail

UK now main rival to Swiss private banks Financial Times (paywall)
‘A top executive at a large Swiss private bank said: “London is a significant place for wealth management – a lot of funds are relocating here. London is becoming the main European alternative marketplace to Switzerland, gaining ground from Luxembourg.’

Swiss Cantons weigh up value of lump sum tax swissinfo

A wave of tax risks: Developing the right tax strategy to meet rising challenges Ernst and Young

Are Virtual Currencies The Next Offshore Bank Account for Tax Evaders? Forbes

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