Links Dec 2

Art & Money Laundering in Switzerland – secrecy is weakening Bilan (In French)
Article in English here.

EAC states adopt new measures to curb tax loss The East African

European Parliament tax investigation continued: Strong mandate for new committee to continue tax investigation Sven Giegold

Near-Record U.S. Penalty Seen for VimpelCom in Uzbek Case Bloomberg
Uzbekistan graft story involves money flows through various secrecy jurisdictions, and includes a Gibraltar shell entity with a company secretary named “Form-a-Co Ltd.”

U.S.: Congress Should Embrace the International Consensus to Crack Down on Corporate Tax Avoidance Citizens for Tax Justice

U.S. Banks’ Changing Footprint at Home and Abroad The Big Picture
Fascinating study of US banks’ use of financial secrecy, using the Financial Secrecy Index

The need for Tax Reporting Standards Tax Research UK

Deutsche Bank’s Latin Tax Holiday Handelsblatt

Negative Reaction to Charity Campaign: German Millionaires Criticize Gates’ ‘Giving Pledge’ Der Spiegel
“… the rich make a choice: Would I rather donate or pay taxes? The donors are taking the place of the state.”

Sean Connery’s Wife Could Face Prison In ‘Operation Goldfinger’ Tax Case Forbes
“… transparency is the new normal …  trusts and companies are under fire … In many ways, the cover-up is worse than the crime.”

Tax Policy Emerges As New Source of Friction As Europe Seeks Additional Revenue From US Multinationals International Business Times
Europe is not targeting U.S. multinationals, rather, targeting revenue that has drained out of Europe. Hat tip: FACT Coalition.



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