Links Dec 9

Preventing tax evasion and fraud: the scope for automatic exchange of information is extended: Council of the European Union
Directive on Administrative Cooperation has been approved by the EU Council. For background see here.

Australia: Tax advocates rally behind disclosure rules The Age
See also: Australian Treasurer Joe Hockey confirms Tax Office crackdown on multinational tax ‘robbers’ The Age

Eurodad response to the UN Secretary General’s Synthesis Report on the Post-2015 Agenda

Former Banker to Go on Trial for Allegedly Breaking Swiss Bank Secrecy Law The Wall Street Journal
See also recent blog Show trial of Swiss whistleblower Elmer now in 9th year

PwC sold ‘tax avoidance on industrial scale’ Financial Times (paywall)
See also: PWC, Shire, Grilled By UK MPs as LuxLeaks Response Continues ICIJ

Barclays says its Swiss private bank drops out of U.S. tax deal Reuters

A treasure chest is not a candy box 11.11.11 (In Dutch)
Belgium unashamedly promotes itself as a tax haven”. For a Google translation to English see here

Italy Approves Voluntary Tax Disclosure Program Tax-News

U.S. Tech Firms See Green As They Set Up Shop In Low-Tax Ireland NPR

Facebook accused of being ‘morally unacceptable’ after it emerged social network paid only £1.8m of tax on almost £2.37bn of advert sales Daily Mail

 


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