Links Nov 26

Leadership needed on tax fairness in Australia The Sydney Morning Herald

Multinational tax cases headed for court, Australian Tax Office says Financial Review

Microsoft to pay China $140 million for ‘tax evasion’ Reuters

Calls for reform and a resignation over LuxLeaks ICIJ

S.E.C. Settles Swiss Banking Secrecy Case With an HSBC Unit Dealb%k

Govt investigating black money in Swiss banks entering India via gold import Business Standard

Swiss Banker to Uli Hoeness on the run Handelsblatt (In German)
Banker escaped from Poland to Switzerland, and now cannot be extradited to Germany. See also recent report Swiss banker arrested over Hoeness tax fraud The Local

Switzerland’s bank staff shun aid fund for U.S. tax case Reuters

Bank data thieves to face harsher penalties swissinfo
“Thieves”, or whistleblowers? “Parliament has decided to tighten sanctions for violations of Swiss banking secrecy laws.

Putin’s allies channelled billions to oligarch who backed pro-Russian president of Ukraine Reuters
Involved money flows via Switzerland and Cyprus companies.

Latest G20 summit holds no surprises for Cayman Cayman News Service

Doubt grips Portugal after former Prime Minister Jose Socrates jailed Today’s Zaman

Dear Angelina Jolie, Paying tax is the price of a ‘foothold’ in the UK economy Tax Research UK

‘Morally indefensible’: UK govt accused of ‘cozy’ links with tax avoiding tech giants RT

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