Links Aug 19

How the multinationals do it ABC
On multinationals, the Big 4 & tax havens. Interview includes TJN’s Nicholas Shaxson, author of Treasure Islands: Tax Havens and the Men Who Stole the World.

World’s Biggest Corporations Won’t Pay Taxes at the Olympics telesur
Brazil will lose about a billion dollars in revenue thanks to a law that turns the Olympics into a tax haven. See also: Rio 2016: Why aren’t multinational corporations sponsoring the Olympics paying taxes? BBC Mundo (In Spanish)

Swiss bank barred from new business in Singapore The Straits Times / Reuters
Fallout from Malaysian state fund 1MDB scandal

Australia: Selling off Asic’s trove of company data ‘would hinder tax enforcement’ The Guardian
Unions and tax campaigners call on Turnbull government to rethink sale of corporate registry

Times have changed over tax avoidance schemes, says KPMG The Belfast Telegraph

We’re changing the equation of tax competition and corporate profit shifting FairSkat Blog

A Deutsche Bank whistleblower just pulled a gutsy move to highlight what’s wrong with Wall Street Business Insider

Trade Misinvoicing in Primary Commodities in Developing Countries: The cases of Chile, Côte d’Ivoire, Nigeria, South Africa and Zambia UNCTAD, via Trust Africa

Bribery Arrest May Expose African Mining Rights Scandal Tied to Och-Ziff The New York Times Dealb%k
Bribery Arrest linked to hedge fund in African Mining Rights Scandal – via British tax havens

“Panama Papers” in Niger: Omerta or taboo? Tam Taminfo (In French)

Spot the USA when it comes to information exchange Tax Research UK

Disingenuous Statements About Tax From Apple’s Tim Cook Forbes / Tax Analysts

How Apple found a bigger tax loophole than the Double Irish FinFacts

French drug firm eyes Dublin amid drive to cut tax The IrishTimes

Cyprus offers Thai investors EU citizenship The Nation
“An attractive tax system” is offered to overseas investors …”

Malta slammed for cash-for-passport program Politico

Billions surface from fledgling program swissinfo
A Swiss law offers tax evaders amnesty on revealing undeclared assets.

France drops asset-related penalty for undeclared offshore accounts STEP

Giving Olympians A Special Tax Break Wins The Gold Medal Of Bad Ideas Tax Policy Center


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