Links Dec 15

Developing Countries Meet To Discuss BEPS Push Tax-News
See also recent blog: On taxing multinationals: latest scorecard for the OECD BEPS project

Some of the Rich Collect Art. Others Collect Passports. The New York Times
More on economic residency… “Experts estimate that these “economic citizens” are spending $2 billion a year on second or third passports and visas. Demand is so strong that governments around the world have started an arms race of sorts for V.I.P. visas, offering ever-faster residencies and passports for ever-higher prices.”

‘I acted from conviction:’ PwC whistleblower speaks out ICIJ
See also: Whistleblowers should be protected, not prosecuted ICIJ,  Luxleaks: Luxembourg judge brings theft and trade secrecy charges The Guardian, and recent blog Tax haven whistleblowers: where are the human rights organisations?

Jean-Claude Juncker can’t shake off Luxembourg’s tax controversy The Guardian

Make tax evasion serious criminal offence: SIT chief The Times of India

Could the Fair Tax Mark provide a European Standard for procurement? Tax Research UK

Google News Withdraws From Spain Over New Tax Tax-News

How Google and Apple Make Their Taxes Disappear Newsweek

How allegations of corruption at Latin America’s biggest company came to threaten Brazil’s future The Telegraph

Yes, we can reshape the state – if corporations pay more tax The Guardian
“Even 10 years ago companies were contributing around £20bn more to the UK exchequer than they are now”

Setting Up a Bogus Shell Corporation Is Really Easy Vice

UK Fraud Office seeks documents from diamond tycoon Beny Steinmetz lawyer Mishcon for mining probe Global Witness
Investigation widens in one of Africa’s biggest corruption scandals; involves offshore companies

Sports Personality of the Year contender Lewis Hamilton: ‘I pay a lot of tax in the UK’ The Independent
See also: Should a tax exile be Sports Personality of the Year? Tax Research UK

With ‘So Help Me God’ Ethics Oath, Dutch Banks Seek Redemption Dealb%k


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