Links Jun 13

The myth of the offshore ANCIR
“African tax havens are frequently used as cogs in the wheels of corporate, criminal and political activities that desire legal and financial veils”

Australian Taxation Officer recruits executives for new ‘tax avoidance taskforce’ hunting tax cheats, multinationals The Sydney Morning Herald
Includes a video of “the cutest guide to tax avoidance”

New tax rules may help Hong Kong close gap with Singapore as destination for company headquarters South China Morning Post

Illicit financial flows, new Open Veins of Latin America TJN Latin America & Caribbean (In Spanish)

Ecuador President commits to the drive to eliminate tax havens TJN Latin America & Caribbean (In Spanish)

“The name which must not be spoken” Canadians for Tax Fairness
Story of a gag order, and the KPMG & Isle of Man tax scandal: “a blow against transparency and fairness”. See also: Canada: Isle of Man tax dodge could violate Income Tax Act, KPMG insiders cautioned CBC, and KPMG promoted hiding money from wealthy clients’ ex-spouses in offshore ‘sham’ CBC

Tax breaks for the big hit the smallest euobserver

Spanish police ask Santander for documents in HSBC tax probe Reuters

Secrecy Warnings For Everyone From Lionel Messi’s Tax Fraud Trial Forbes

New Zealand: Kea Street Cred and US$1Bn Promise Lures Kiwi to Front Very Peculiar Financial Service Providers naked capitalism

Bangladesh: Rights group demands steps to arrest capital flight The Financial Express

French finance minister rules out Google tax deal, more firms could be targeted Reuters
See also: French tax cops barred from using Google to probe Google The Local

Marvel Animation Among U.S. Studios Moving Projects To France To Take Advantage Of Tax Rebates Forbes

Private equity fights Italy tax changes The Financial Times
“Guidelines … could limit the ability of global leveraged buyout funds to use entities in lower tax countries, such as Luxembourg, to structure their Italian transactions”

Ex-HSBC Trader Fired for Sending Data to Yahoo Gets $63,400 swissinfo / Bloomberg
HSBC is “particularly sensitive” about the issue after Falciani story.

Payback for good: Take That and the other penitent tax avoiders The Guardian



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