Links May 11

Upcoming EU presidency faces whistleblows and calls for transparency Eurodad
See also: Letter to Ambassador of Luxembourg in Denmark, on tax avoidance and whistleblowers

Exposing South Africa’s “Lettergate” Scandal World Policy Blog
See also: recent TJN blog South Africa’s diamond companies: $11m royalties on $1.73bn of production

Tax Justice Network Australia reacts to the Government’s proposed crackdown on tax avoidance ABC News
See also: comment by TJN Australia’s Mark Zirnsak in report: Federal budget 2015: Joe Hockey risking tax war with US, say experts The Sydney Morning Herald

Global Forum: Transparency In Public Procurement ‘Vital’ Tanzania Business Times
World Bank Civil Society Policy Forum panel demonstrates how anonymous shell companies are often used to facilitate corruption in public procurement.

Canada: Mining for more: How much is mining really worth to Ontario? CBC News
“Are low royalty rates making the province a tax haven for mining or building a viable industry?

Canadian $ in Tax Havens Reach $199 Billion Canadians for Tax Fairness

Lessons from history – The Monaco crisis from 1962-1963 and the emancipation of tax havens Finance Watch

Second Swiss bank reaches deal under U.S. tax program Reuters

Top 50 US boardroom hoarders sit on $1tn in cash Financial Times (paywall)
… mostly in tax havens



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