Tax Haven Germany – New TJN Book

   2   0 Blog, TJN
Another fine TJN book

Another fine TJN book

Today TJN’s Markus Meinzer publishes a book (in German) whose translated title is “Tax Haven Germany – why many rich don’t pay tax here.” Listen here to a German national radio interview this morning with the author today; also read about it in Der Spiegel (or in web English here.)

The official press embargo is next Friday, Sept 18th. The book’s blurb reads:

“Tax havens were always elsewhere – Alpine valleys and Caribbean islands. But are we really the good guys?

Backed by many years of extensive research, this book reveals for the first time the role that Germany plays in international capital flight and money laundering. An uncomfortable suspicion is growing that those who are rich, prominent and powerful — or better still, working in banks — are often above the law in this country.

The bill is footed by us all – the bottom 99 percent.”

A special website for the book has been created on the German TJN Blog to host follow-up discussions on the book, which will most likely create quite some controversy. See also the twitter hashtag #SteueroaseDeutschland.

The book can be ordered without involving tax-avoiding companies, and without shipping cost in Germany, Switzerland and Austria, directly from the publishing house.

Watch out, too, for Germany’s role in the forthcoming 2015 Financial Secrecy Index, due out in less than two months.



Related Posts

New research on key role major economies play in global tax avoidance

offshore-network_colorcorrectedAn important new study on Offshore Financial Centres (OFCs) from the University of Amsterdam has made some fascinating discoveries, challenging, as the Financial Secrecy Index has, the popular misconception that tax havens are only palm fringed little islands and exposing that in fact major economies play a key role in global tax avoidance. Specifically they’ve […]


Launch of international research collaboration, #AltAusterity

alt austerityToday is the launch of #AltAusterity, a new, international research collaboration of which Tax Justice Network is a partner.  The project aims to stimulate public debate on the subject of austerity though high quality research. It is a response to the lack of evidence which has underpinned the current policy agenda on austerity. The project […]


RB tax avoidance – company calls for public country by country reporting after Oxfam report reveals profit shifting

pictureOxfam has today released a report on tax dodging by RB, the company formerly known as Reckitt Benckiser and the maker of thousands of well known household products. The report looks at the 2012 restructuring of the company which saw it set up ‘hubs’ in the Netherlands, Dubai and Singapore, all well known corporate tax […]


Half measures mean Mauritius will continue to be a tax haven for the developing world

MauritiusThere was news this week that Mauritius has signed the Multilateral Convention to Implement Tax Treaty Related Measures to Prevent Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (MLI). This is an initiative from the OECD to allow countries to take measures designed to stop tax avoidance by multinational companies and put them into their existing network of […]


G20: Pressure rising on tax haven USA

HamburgWhilst the eyes of the world focused on the isolation of the US from the ‘G19’ position on climate change, something remarkable played out elsewhere in the process. Following closely the common EU position that we highlighted a few days ago, the G20 communique devotes important space to tax justice. It’s so good we quote […]


About The Author

Nicholas Shaxson is a journalist and writer on the staff of Tax Justice Network. He is author of the book Poisoned Wells about the oil industry in Africa, published in 2007, and the more recent Treasure Islands: Tax havens and the Men who Stole the World, published by Random House in January 2011. He lives in Berlin
View all posts by

2 thoughts on “Tax Haven Germany – New TJN Book

  1. Christian Spangenberg says:

    You say tax is necessary for democracy to work ! I say there is no democracy, we don’t have anywhere in the western world a democracy ! I am a German citizen and I really think that some are privileged and some are not. Most of all i hate that I have no right , no saying in the use of the tax !
    That makes me hate to pay tax , so I am going to avoid Tax where I can. I even choose countries to work in , where I have to pay no tax or little tax. I am not an office person , I work physically hard ,in the future days I will have some disabilities the work will have its toll on my body , all in my profession have. They all retire with some painful disabilities ! But when you work in Germany and you want to own a suitable house a property its with the taxed payment not possible to reach. It will remain as a dream. You have to break out of that system. Don’t pay tax and social welfare work for your own pocket. When not you remain till your life end as a rent payer and with the outlook for the future that you might need social welfare additional to the pension you have paid all your working life , makes you depressive and you feel betrayed. I feel tax is a form of slavery , implemented by the slave drivers . Who dictates the the amount and the USE of tax is the slave driver !

    • Nick Shaxson says:

      Hmmm, interesting. We presume you will avoid using roads, courts, benefiting from police protection against robbers, sewage systems into your home (what do you do as an alternative?) Of course politics is horrible in Germany as in any other country, but what better system exist to provide collective goods other than a collective one?

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Back to Top