Links Aug 24

An Orphaned Tax Agenda? Sacrificing Good Governance and Tax Justice in the Addis Ababa Outcome UNIRSD

The West African Giveaway: Use & Abuse of Corporate Tax Incentives in ECOWAS ActionAid
See also: Nigeria, Ghana Others Lose $10bn Annually through Multinational Tax Incentives This Day Live, and Nigeria losing $2.9bn yearly to tax waivers Premium Times

Swiss launch criminal inquiry related to Malaysia’s state investment fund 1MDB Financial Times (paywall)
See also: Swiss Launch Money Laundering Investigation Into 1MDB ! Sarawak Report, and Swiss Look Into Connection Between Banking Sector and 1MDB The Wall Street Journal

Uzbekistan funds frozen in Swiss accounts swissinfo

Swiss bank fines dwarfed by US/British peers swissinfo

Inequality falls 13% in Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay through tax reforms TJN-Latin America & Caribbean (In Spanish)

Unfair tax policies increase inequality: Oxfam el Contribuyente  (In Spanish)

Five facts about the Fair Tax Mark ICAS

Donald Trump Changes His Tune On Taxing The Super Rich ThinkProgress


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