Links May 7

Optimistic about the state: Martin Wolf’s searing attack on the Competitiveness Agenda Fools’ Gold – rethinking competitiveness

Tax probes frustrate EU competition chief EU Observer

Unitary Taxation: Tax Base and the Role of Accounting International Centre for Tax and Development

Former JP Morgan vice-president Hernán Arbizu: banks work together to evade taxes Buenos Aires Herald
“Tax evasion is a “cancer” caused by a secret network of almost all the banks working together to help people avoid their fiscal responsibilities”

Copenhagen hosts major conference on the future of finance and international development Eurodad

Fed up with tax dodgers? New disclosure rules can trigger change EU Observer

Wanted: Campaigner Tax Justice Sven Giegold

Australia cracks tech giants’ tax dodge code The Register
“New methodology would put an end to tax-shifting madness”. See also: Why Apple, Google, Microsoft will hate new tax disclosure laws Australian Financial Review

Albania: Newly established tax haven beckons foreign investment in Europe Europe Real Estate

U.S.: FATCA Pressures Taxpayers to Reveal Accounts to IRS accounting today

George Soros May Face a Monster Tax Bill Bloomberg

EU to investigate claims McDonald’s avoided $1bn in tax The Guardian

 


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