Links Oct 10

Kenya: Lobby sues Treasury CS over ‘illegal’ tax deal with Mauritius Business Standard
Lawsuit filed by Tax Justice Network – Africa

ActionAid Asks European Investment Bank to Publish Report on Mopani Tax Evasion Zambia Reports
Joint press release circulated by organisations ActionAid Zambia, Christian Aid, and Counter Balance

EU Commissioner candidates endorse tax justice measures during hearings Eurodad

One Of The Most Famous Irish Tax Loopholes Is About To Die Business Insider
See also: Ireland Said to Weigh Phasing Out Double Irish Tax Break Bloomberg, and Pharmaceutical firms in effort to prolong ‘double Irish’ tax scheme The Irish Times

Center for Global Development Europe Research Seminar: Taxing Across Borders: Tracking Personal Wealth and Corporate Profits

Colombia adds Panama, Barbados, UAE, Kuwait and Qatar to tax haven list Financial Secrecy Media Monitor

Myanmar takes global lead on company ownership transparency Global Witness

Guernsey Welcomes Migration Of First Foreign Foundation Tax-News
Liechtenstein-based foundation moves to Guernsey following the introduction of foundations legislation in Guernsey last year. More are pending.

Visit to Luxembourg: US delegation calls for repeal of FATCA Luxemburger Wort
See also: Luxembourg as a financial centre The Economist, recent blog Freeports: now Luxembourg adds to the sleaze, and the report on the 2013 Financial Secrecy Index

A Beginner’s Guide To Money Laundering Business Insider Australia
Amusingly-written and insightful.

UBS Seeks Bankers for French Super-Rich While Facing Fine Bloomberg

Google’s tax setup challenged by France MarketWatch / The Wall Street Journal

Deutsche Bank’s Swiss unit participating in U.S. tax probe Reuters

Transforming The Post-2015 Momentum Into An Enduring Fiscal Justice Movement Financial Transparency Coalition Blog

Russia considers ‘offshore amnesty’ – report  RAPSI

Nonprofit begins $1million battle against secrecy with a shot at U.S. ICIJ
See also recent blog Global Witness: anonymous companies and the threat to the U.S.


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