Links Dec 18

EU cracks down on anonymous company ownership, but falls short of full transparency Global Witness

UK: Criminal penalty omitted from tax evasion clampdown Financial Times (paywall)

Canada: New anti-corruption measure for oil, gas and mining companies passes into law amidst cautions from civil society Publish What You Pay

Zambia: ‘Current mining tax regime susceptible to scheming’ Times of Zambia

US Judge Grants Access to Argentina’s Kirchner Corruption Files Latin American Herald Tribune
Over $65 million alleged to be transferred to a network of 123 shell companies in Nevada, with a Panama law firm involved.

Too many secret accounts Tiempo (In Spanish)
Hat tip: Jorge Gaggero. See also recent blog Tax haven whistleblowers: where are the human rights organisations?

Corporate Social Responsibility and Aggressive Tax Planning Nordic Tax Journal

Australian Tax Office puts tax poachers in charge of the game park The Sydney Morning Herald
“In a scheme euphemistically labelled the External Compliance Assurance Program (ECAP), large taxpayers are to pay their own external audit firms – read the “Big Four”: PwC, Deloitte, Ernst & Young and KPMG – to conduct their tax compliance work as well as doing the audit.”

U.S.: Final Extenders Deal Still Includes Corporate Tax Haven Loopholes FACT Coalition

U.S.: Maryland nonprofits investing in offshore accounts The Baltimore Sun

Romania dismantles vast tax evasion network globalpost

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