Links 9 Oct

Australian Treasurer Joe Hockey says tax cheats are ‘thieves’ The Sydney Morning Herald
See also: ATO alleges complex Chevron scheme slashed tax bill by $258m The Sydney Morning Herald

Khodorkovsky’s Contradictions The Komisar Scoop
Some searching questions on offshore shell games.

56 reasons why anonymous company ownership is the biggest problem you’ve never heard of Global Witness
See the interactive map on finding anonymous companies and their victims and the short but hard-hitting video Mexico’s drug wars: three brothers and one dirty secret

The Erin Brockovich of Zambia ONE

UK: Occupy Democracy 17th-26th October – Tax Justice Occupy London TV
Video interview with TJN Director John Christensen

Software Millionaire Mark Shuttleworth To Receive $22 Million Refund From South African Reserve Bank Forbes
South African software multi-millionaire & self-funded space tourist refunded $22million levy on asset transfer to Isle of Man, plus interest. A sordid state of affairs.

Switzerland news: Growing Russian interest in Swiss financial sector Financial Secrecy Media Monitor

Ireland’s tax regime nurtures innovation in avoidance Financial Times (paywall)
“What Ireland’s government seems not to be aware of, however, is the vast quantity of profits that are not subject to corporation tax anywhere in the world because of “double Irish” tax strategies.”

Walgreens Bows To LiUNA And Other Shareholders To End Talks Of “Inversion” Daily Kos
Hat tip: Susan Harley

Warren Buffett: U.S. Never Followed Through On That Whole ‘Tax The Rich’ Thing The Huffington Post

Our bullying corporations are the new enemy within The Guardian



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