Links Nov 26

An uneven playing field: inequality, human rights and taxation inesc
“The Latin American experience shows that progressive tax systems are crucial to reducing inequality.”

EU lawmakers step up pressure to tackle tax dodging Reuters
See also: EP tax investigation: EP president Schulz blocking investigative work Sven Giegold, and Successor to Special Committee on Tax Rulings European Parliament

EU citizens back tougher action on tax avoidance Public Finance International

Luxembourg Goes in for an Image Makeover The New York Times

Ireland: Government warned over changes to corporate tax The Irish Times
“New rules must not seek to replace previously abolished incentives, European Parliament committee says”

Northern Ireland to cut corporate tax rate economia

Four senior KPMG partners arrested in HMRC tax evasion inquiry The Guardian

Taxing time in the Bogota Post Tax Research UK
See also Book review – The Joy of Tax 

Germany gives Greece names of 10,000 citizens suspected of dodging taxes The Guardian
“Inventory includes accounts invested in Swiss banks worth €3.6bn”

New Oversight of Freeports in Switzerland May Reduce Tax Fraud, Smuggling Observer
Interesting development on freeports, one of the subjects of our next Taxcast

Black Friday: Amazon tax practices under fire from activist ad campaign The Independent

Petition: Pfizer Don’t Desert American Taxpayers Americans for Tax Fairness
See also: Bad Medicine: Pfizer’s Offshore Tax Trick Just Latest of Many Scandals Huffington Post / Americans for Tax Fairness, and Presidential Candidates Criticize Pfizer Merger Jubilee USA



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