Links Feb 22

EU agrees new rules to tackle multinationals tax avoidance The Guardian
Don’t bank on the EU to create a reliable list of tax havens, TJN’s Financial Secrecy Index is more credible. See also: EU finance minister meeting: Blacklist is whitewashing tax havens Sven Giegold

Denmark would not oppose Britain turning itself into tax haven Reuters
Read about the Race to the Bottom here, and see our Fools’ Gold project explaining tax competitiveness here.

Call from Africa for UK to close tax haven loophole and end human cost Herald Scotland

UK: Why do MPs believe the Prime Minister of the ‘world’s most corrupt country’ will tackle tax avoidance? The Independent

Apple to Europe: It’s our job to design Ireland’s tax system, not yours The Register
See also: Apple claims Brussels breached its fundamental rights in tax case Financial Times

Vodafone Luxembourg makes €1.6bn profit, pays €7m in direct taxes Luxemburger Wort

Ireland: Revenue warns taxpayers of offshore asset clampdown The Irish Times

Voters Don’t Like Cutting Corporate Taxes Bloomberg

Why Extreme Inequality Causes Economic Collapse naked capitalism

British banks are go-betweens in global conflict. This can be stopped The Guardian

A British snub of the EU investigation into the Panama Papers is short-sighted The Guardian
By TJN senior adviser @premnsikka

Top honours for Panama Papers reporting The Star
Reporters collaborating on the Panama Papers investigation have received 22 journalism awards from around the world.

Pakistani cash in Swiss banks pulled out? The Express Tribune

Panama Papers: Enforcement Directorate widens probe, issues advisories to 137 Indians The Indian Express

Cyprus: Four law firms disciplined for failing to comply with Panama Papers’ instructions Cyprus Mail

Pakistan – Panama Papers: Supreme Court slams National Accountability Bureau and Federal  Board of Revenue for failing to do their jobs  The News

Maltese Presidency at Center of EU Panama Papers Tax Probe Sputnik International

Corporate tax avoidance: Council agrees its position on hybrid mismatches European Council

It’s time the UK Government stopped dodging the issue of tax havens The Reaction

Swiss banks face withdrawals due to tax clampdown Reuters

Has the Art Market Become an Unwitting Partner in Crime? The New York Times

 

 

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