Links May 15

OECD insists tax playing field will be level swissinfo
See also: OECD approval uncertain over tax transparency request procedures STEP (note references to “stolen” rather than leaked data), and see recent blogs: When a tax haven invokes the ‘level playing field’, run for the hills, and Swiss reject OECD’s new transparency project

Swiss Cabinet plans to clarify stolen data question swissinfo
Again, note reference to “stolen” rather than “leaked” – see HSBC whistleblower Falciani, on tax havens and whistleblowing

Court authorizes Italian Revenue Agency to use names from Falciani list Il Sole / Italy 24

Why did the US pay this former Swiss banker $104M? CNBC

Australia’s New Tax Plan Misses the Mark Bloomberg View
See also recently linked interview: Tax Justice Network Australia reacts to the Government’s proposed crackdown on tax avoidance

Kazakhstan Keen On Dubai International Financial Centre Tax-Free Zone Model Tax-News

The opponents of country-by-country reporting are in a hole: they should stop digging Tax Research UK

Bono defends U2’s tax arrangements as ‘sensible’ The Guardian
See also recent blog Bono: Tax Haven Salesman for the Celtic Paper Tiger

The Fair Tax Mark conference 12 June – see you there? Tax Research UK

IMF Urges Luxembourg To Diversify Tax Base Tax-News

Moldova: The missing billion Politico
“A small European country wonders how such a staggering amount of cash could disappear from its banks … the missing $1 billion is currently thought to be sitting in offshore bank accounts, far from Moldovan soil.”

UK Prime Minister Cameron breaks ‘promise’ to publish tax returns, accused of dishonesty RT

2016 U.S. Presidential Candidates’ Records on Taxes Citizens for Tax Justice

More FATCA Letters, As Swiss And Other Foreign Banks Crack Down Forbes

Thomas Piketty to investigate inequality in new role at the London School of Economics The Guardian

 


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