Links Oct 26

Inside the Secretive World of Tax-Avoidance Experts The Atlantic

Challenges for family offices in emerging markets IFC Review / Financial Times
Reporting on a trend in developing economies – wealthy families setting up their own trust companies.

Corruption and natural resources – A fight for light: NGOs and governments grapple over ownership of mining and energy firms.The Economist
“Tracking ownership is important because opaque shell companies are the vehicle of choice for those seeking to divert public oil wealth into private pockets.”

ECOSOC President urges curtailing flow of illegal finances that cost Africa billions sify

India fails to get to root of black money problem swissinfo
“The Indian government’s initial unsuccessful efforts to unearth billions of dollars of undeclared foreign assets – some believed to be hidden in Swiss banks – highlight the complexity of vehicles used to move money illicitly.”

Secret agreements with multinationals: Spain, Luxembourg and twelve other countries withhold information on ‘tax rulings’ El Confidencial (In Spanish)

‘Banks are accomplices of tax evasion crimes’ Buenos Aires Herald

Aircraft firms pay just €23m in tax Irish Examiner
See also: Ireland’s Multi-Billion Aircraft Leasing Sector Continues to Grow IFC Review / Irish Independent

Tax havens become less attractive The Slovak Spectator

Ortega’s Zara Fashions Tax Avoidance by Shifting Profits to Alps Bloomberg



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