Links Apr 16

“Developing countries” Is it or isn’t it a spillover? Martin Hearson
Too much focus on ‘spillover effects’ of tax policies might lead to an too-narrow analysis of the impacts of a jurisdiction’s tax policies on developing countries.

America’s Most-Wanted Swiss Bankers Aren’t Hard to Find Bloomberg

Financial secrecy: Cracking the shells – A hedge fund becomes an accidental hero of anti-corruption campaigners The Economist

OECD: Release of a discussion draft on BEPS Action 11 (Improving the analysis of BEPS)
See also: Summary of BEPS Monitoring Group Comments on BEPS Action Plan Proposals

Christian Aid: Response to ‘Zero Draft’ of the Addis Ababa Accord

Low-tax Luxembourg supports reforms The Globe and Mail
… and invokes the “level playing field” argument. Switzerland has asserted the same, see Swiss reject OECD’s new transparency project, and When a tax haven invokes the ‘level playing field’, run for the hills

The $82bn listed-company tax gap Financial Times (paywall)
“Listed companies in developed markets are avoiding at least $82bn of tax a year by using tax havens and other minimisation strategies, according to detailed analysis of more than 1,000 businesses.”

Long-overdue tax revolt is finally under way in Britain The Globe and Mail

Longreads Best of 2013: My Favorite Stories About Taxes
Includes Nicholas Shaxson’s Vanity Fair piece “A Tale of Two Londons”

Pay until it hurts LatinDADD (In Spanish)
Featuring Nicholas Shaxson’s Treasure Islands: Tax Havens And The Men Who Stole The World

Special Report – How Wall Street captured Washington’s effort to rein in banks Reuters

How the Rolling Stones, Rod Stewart and David Bowie Ran From the Taxman Ultimate Classic Rock



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