Links Mar 30

The Emperor’s New Clothes
A Russell Brand and Michael Winterbottom film, highlighting tax justice. See also the trailer, facebook, and twitter. Also the Cassetteboy rap (which is going viral) promoting the film.

What is (tax) competitiveness? #3: Tax Justice Network Fool’s Gold – rethinking competition

Is the American offshore cash pile blinding investors to corporate weakness? Quartz

Luxleaks scandal puts tax avoidance under the microscope European CEO

Luxembourg warned about its reliance on multinational corporations The Guardian

Loopholes and taxation: Overseeing a fairer European Union The Mark News

Swiss banking model is ‘dead’, says Abu Dhabi finance chief The Irish Times
“Gulf state intends to set itself up as a new hub for wealth management”

Swiss Banks Lose Suitor as UBP Pauses After Coutts Deal Bloomberg
“Switzerland, the world’s largest offshore financial center, is losing its allure for some firms.”

Swiss bank BSI to pay $211 mln for suspected U.S. tax offenses Reuters
See also: First Swiss Bank Reaches Accord in Disclosure Program Bloomberg

Black money: Swiss banks seek fresh undertakings from Indians The Economic Times

Senate Budget Action Fails to Repeal Tax Transparency Law Jubilee USA

Joe Hockey: Australia is ‘losing control of our destiny’ because of tax ‘holes’ The Guardian
See also earlier blog: Do lower tax rates curb tax cheating? Really?


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