Links May 13

European Parliament’s special tax committee running out of time The Parliament

LuxLeaks special committee’s first country visit: Belgium is breaching EU tax law Sven Giegold

Charged LuxLeaks journalist calls for more whistleblower protection Europe Online Magazine
See also: Members of European Parliament voice support for whistleblowers Prague Post, and Tax: Warm welcome for whistleblowers and investigative journalists EU Reporter

Glencore in Zambia: The Tax Questions That Persist Christian Aid

Measuring tax avoidance: What data for BEPS 11? Alex Cobham: Uncounted Blog
“Don’t look now, but the OECD may just have realised that public country-by-country reporting is necessary to meet their Base Erosion and Profit Shifting commitments…”

Rich getting richer, poor getting poorer? Africa’s inequality struggle CNN

Corporate responsibility, tax policy, and human rights LatinDADD (In Spanish)

Swiss banking to flourish after tax crackdown, says HSBC executive Reuters
See also: HSBC’s Geneva bank ‘no longer a place to hide untaxed assets’ The Irish Times, and earlier blog: Swiss reject OECD’s new transparency project

Bangladesh: Call to enforce transfer price rules The Financial Express

Spain: Companies on the Ibex have increased their presence in tax havens by 23.5% in two years Invertia (In Spanish)


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Will the G20 ever end the global problem of tax avoidance and tax evasion?

HamburgAhead of the G20 Summit in Hamburg this week our own George Turner has published this op-ed in the German newspaper Die Tageszeitung today. The article discusses why, despite sustained political engagement from world leaders, we are still some way from solving the problem of tax avoidance and tax evasion. Here’s an English translation of the article:


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