Links Jan 5

Cook Islands, a Paradise of Untouchable Assets The New York Times. From 2013, but well worth the reminder.

HSBC escapes action by City regulator following Swiss tax scandal The Guardian

The Swiss Have Sent a Chilling Message to Banking Whistleblowers The Wire
See also our recent blog on How Switzerland corrupted its courts to nail Rudolf Elmer  

Media companies linked to the Murdochs pay the least tax Australian Financial Review

Elite Lawyers Now Selling Caribbean Tax Havens as Havens From Terror, Too The Intercept

St Lucia’s economic citizenship programme officially opens St. Lucia News

What Europe Needs To Know About The Dutch Tax Haven Social Europe
See also our earlier blog Tax Haven Netherlands takes over EU presidency. As if Juncker weren’t enough  

Greek government hands data on suspected tax cheats to prosecutor Reuters

International Art dealer Wildenstein accused of huge French tax fraud Business Insider

Social saints, fiscal fiends The Economist
‘Opinions vary on whether firms can be “socially responsible” while avoiding taxes’

Seven Times Tax Evasion Made Headlines in 2015 ICIJ



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