Links Mar 9

View from abroad: New development paradigm
“Yes, finally after years of beating around the bush, global attention is turning to tackling tax evasion, by companies and individuals. The question will be high up on the agenda of the third International Conference on Financing for Development which will be held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, from July 13 to 16, 2015.”

Godfathers of Chilean right charged with tax fraud, bribery and money laundering The Guardian

Zimbabwe: Tax Disputes Expose Poor Mining Agreements Publish What You Pay Campaign Zimbabwe

Call For Papers: African Tax Research Network (ATRN) 1st Annual Congress – Contemporary Tax Challenges For African Countries, 2-4 September 2015, Cape Town, South Africa
The African Tax Administration Forum (ATAF) and the African Tax Research Network (ATRN)  invite submissions for the launch of the ATRN’s inaugural Congress

“Beep, Beep” — Korean Singer YoonA Wins Model Taxpayer Award Tax Analysts
“Yes, Korea has a day to encourage its citizens to pay their taxes honestly and on time”

Argentina challenges HSBC to condemn ‘financial piracy’ as it demands $3.5bn from Swiss accounts The Telegraph
“Head of Argentine tax authority calls for bank to repatriate funds alledgedly siphoned offshore by subsidiary.” See also: Argentina wants HSBC to repatriate $3.5 billion in offshore funds Reuters

HSBC boss says he is right person to run bank Reuters

Swiss Banks Battle Undeclared Accounts The Wall Street Journal

Swiss accounts used in Petrobras scandal, say court documents The Irish Times
See also: Swiss banks drawn into Petrobras scandal Financial Times (paywall)

Wake of LuxLeaks: France’s Hollande presses Luxembourg on tax avoidance Luxemburger Wort
See also: France urges Luxembourg to amend tax laws, follow EU standards Customs Today

Ex-Sarkozy aide charged with tax evasion in Libya election finance probe rfi

UK finance minister planning ‘diverted profits tax’ Reuters
See also recent blog UK’s proposed “Google Tax”: jumping the gun?

Total eyes closing nine units located in tax havens by 2017 Reuters
See also: Total Publishes the Full List of its Consolidated Entities Your Oil and Gas News

Tax evasions, money laundering, and secrecy jurisdictions, OH MY! On the Map, Off the Radar
Features Nicholas Shaxson’s Treasure Islands: Tax Havens and the Men Who Stole the World

Greece proposes tourists as tax inspectors Financial Times (paywall)
See also: Visiting Greece? It wants to pay you to spy on the locals Quartz



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