Links Oct 30

The Mopani saga and Zambia’s windfall tax: an alternative reading Martin Hearson’s Blog

As India Sought Info, Crores Exited Swiss Bank Accounts NDTV
See also: Hunting for black money: Modi govt has to end this charade soon FirstPost, and ‘Differences with India on making public Swiss bank account information’ The Economic Times

Switzerland joins new corporate tax landscape swissinfo
See also recent blogs and briefing on BEPS here, here and here.

Tax Inversions Succeed When Government Lawyers Go Private Bloomberg

UK: MPs are right to demand more transparency from mining, oil & gas firms Christian Aid

Australia: Oil, gas, mining and logging companies face crackdown on overseas payment disclosure The Sydney Morning Herald

Chinese mining transparency announcement sends a clear signal to US regulators Global Witness

Fresh US tax evasion allegations rock Bank Leumi Globes

Foreigners will pay more for fast-track visas Financial Times (paywall)

FATCA Envy Spreads Across Hemisphere The Tax Analysts Blog

Yes, More Problems with Tax Incentives The Tax Analysts Blog

Ex-U.S. senators Breaux and Lott confirm lobbying for Russian bank on Ukraine sanctions The Center for Public Integrity

Bono struggling again as anti-poverty campaigner and tax avoider FinFacts
See also recent blog Bono: Tax Haven Salesman for the Celtic Paper Tiger


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