Links Jul 27

Christian Aid Calls On UK’s Prime Minister To Start Her Tax Haven Clean Up Close To Home

One year after Financing for Development Conference in Addis Ababa, rich countries blocking UN from working on tax, again Financial Transparency Coalition

Is India close to passing a law to identify true ownership of corporates First Post

Africa and the Panama Papers Geeska Afrika Online
Interview with TJN’s Nicholas Shaxson, author of Treasure Islands: Tax Havens and the Men who Stole the World

Panama Papers reveal scale of offshore firms’ African operations The Guardian

Continent of Secrets: Uncovering Africa’s Offshore Empires ICIJ
Offshore companies play a major role in the $50 billion sucked out of Africa each year. This game will test your general knowledge of Africa, and challenge you to uncover secrets hidden inside the Panama Papers.

Botswana’s extractive industries: When profit clashes with morality INK Centre forInvestigative Journalism

Secret Documents Expose Nigerian Oil Mogul’s Offshore Hideaways ICIJ

Sierra Leone: Diamond Mine with Offshore Ties Leaves Trail of Complaints ICIJ

Out of Africa, Into Tax Havens ICIJ
“As visitors come to see what’s in Africa, some safari operators’ profits head offshore”

Reporters Warned, Inquiries Opened as African Nations Respond to Panama Papers ICIJ

Panama Papers show Italian bribes’ path to Algeria: ICIJ The Times of India

Two Namibian arms dealers are named as clients of Mossack Fonseca The Namibian

Multimillionaire arms dealer suspect held after defying Spanish police in Ibiza mansion’s panic room The Telegraph
“… major arms-dealing, extortion and money laundering network which has brought €15 million into Spain via a complex web of companies registered in various European countries, including the UK, connected to other firms in offshore tax havens”

Fuerteventura Inter: Scots firm at centre of organised crime probe into weapons deal Herald Scotland
“The latest scandal has sparked new concerns about the existence of off-the-shelf Scottish limited partnerships, some of which are being sold as “offshore companies” in Ukraine, Russia, Belarus, the Baltic states and Moldova.” See also: Herald View: The shame of Scotland’s zero-tax companies, and Oxfam in call for crackdown to combat money launderers using Scottish shell firms

Kenya: Firm in Military Deal Sought Tax Avoidance allAfrica / Daily Nation

The Moldovan Banking Wars – Secretive Offshores Buying Moldova’s Banks OCCRP

South Africans with foreign assets must come clean – soon Times Live

Denmark Is Big Victim Of Wall Street Tax Avoidance Deals ProPublica

Does Jersey’s business incorporation model make public scrutiny obsolete? Financial Transparency Coalition

BVI Premier wants fresh look at relations with UK BVI News

Tax Fairness Advocates Pressure SEC to Improve Disclosure of U.S. Corporations’ Foreign Subsidiaries Americans for Tax Fairness

Canadian banks ordered to disclose Cayman dealings Toronto Star

HSBC client data to be handed to U.S. swissinfo

Vatican and Bank of Italy sign key agreement after years of mistrust Reuters
See also: The Vatican’s Bank Is Nearly Out of the Penalty Box Slate

Rethinking Double Taxation Forbes

Slowly moving towards transparency in beneficial ownership –the Norwegian case Transparency International Norge



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