Links Feb 11

Era of bank secrecy still far from over for developing countries: Christian Aid

Wall Street Pays Bankers to Work in Government and It Doesn’t Want Anyone to Know New Republic

Links on the #SwissLeaks revelations blogged earlier:

Explore the Swiss Leaks Data ICIJ
Includes links to related stories from around the world

HSBC’s Swiss tax scandal is part of a global pattern of avoidance The Conversation

The one person facing criminal charges over HSBC is the man we have to thank Tax Research UK
See also recent blog: Tax haven whistleblowers: where are the human rights organisations?

UK claims ministers had no knowledge of HSBC tax scandal until this week The Irish Times
“Closing of ranks in UK parliament and in British financial services after revelations”

HSBC files: UK’s HMRC had data on misconduct before bank boss made trade minister The Guardian

Files Open New Window on $182-Million Halliburton Bribery Scandal in Nigeria ICIJ

Latin America client data from HSBC leak made public STEP

Argentina: the seventh country with most clients with secret accounts in HSBC Geneva La Nacion (In Spanish)

New Law, New Loophole, New Business for Giant Global Bank HSBC ICIJ

HSBC files show how Swiss bank helped clients dodge taxes and hide millions The Guardian

20 million euros of Finns’ money in ‘tax haven’ HSBC accounts Yle

Swiss Leaks: US may scrap prosecution deal with HSBC The Irish Times

Leaks increase pressure on Swiss to break from culture of banking secrecy The Irish Times
Cites TJN’S Markus Meinzer

Where were HSBC’s auditors? Tax Research UK

Swiss leaks show deposit by daughter of China’s ex-premier The Big Story

HSBC Swiss leaks: Spain’s Podemos party hires whistleblower Falciani to combat tax evasion and fraud International Business Times

Other links:

The two categories of tax lie are not so different, really David Quentin’s tax law and blog

Microsoft defends using hubs in Ireland, Singapore and Puerto Rico to cut tax rate The Sydney Morning Herald

Total Oil “will leave tax havens” Le Monde (In French, paywall)
Total announces that in March it will publish a list of its tax haven subsidiaries, and the closure of some of them.

Getting Rich Greeks to Pay Taxes Is Tsipras Biggest Test at Home Bloomberg

Ireland tax amnesty open until 30 June 2015 STEP

Swiss banker arrested in Germany over U.S. tax case: lawyer Reuters


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