Links Feb 3

U.S. Congress votes for corruption by overturning historic transparency law in gift to big oil Global Witness
See also: U.S. Congress Votes to Kill Anti-Corruption Safeguard FACT Coalition, and Oxfam condemns Senate’s shameful gutting of bipartisan anti-corruption rule, Section 1504 Oxfam America

Eradicating poverty requires far more than aid, says Christian Aid
“The UK and its Overseas Territories are cornerstones of the international system that allows corrupt elites and multinationals to avoid paying the taxes they owe to developing countries.”

Tanzania’s President Magufuli vows to toughen tax evasion crackdown Reuters

South Africa’s Kumba Iron Ore, a unit of Anglo American, pays $186 million to settle tax dispute Reuters

IFC investment in Stora Enso: the need for a responsible IFC tax policy Bretton Woods Project

Getting to the core of Europe’s case against Apple and Ireland The Irish Times
See also: If Apple won’t pay tax what hope is there for civilisation? The Irish Times

Famed tax haven Switzerland chases hidden cash Reuters
“Swiss finance ministry said on Thursday it had reached a deal with Liechtenstein to exchange tax information, potentially helping to uncover billions of dollars in undeclared assets kept by Swiss citizens in neighboring Liechtenstein.”

Canada / Barbados: tax breaks ‘unfair’ Nationnews

U.S.: Groups Push for Laws to Fight Anonymous Shell Companies Public News Service

U.S.: Shell company legislation awaits Oregon lawmakers KGW

U.S. Treasury Secretary-designate Mnuchin’s Offshore Companies Underscore Need to Tackle Tax Havens in Tax Reform FACT Coalition

Accounts in Luxembourg: Billionaire French senator barred from office over tax fraud Luxemburger Wort


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