Links Mar 3

Trusting the Process Kleptocracy Initiative
KleptoCast interview with TJN’s Andres Knobel about how trusts became the next frontier in dodging taxes and shielding assets

Panama Papers: European Parliament tax avoidance fact-finding mission in Luxembourg Luxemburger Wort
See also: MEPs’ mission to Luxembourg on tax evasion practices yields more questions than answers GUE/NGL, and European Parliament’s delegation on money laundering to Luxembourg: Government must investigate all firms involved in Panama Papers revelations Sven Giegold

Germany: Do not let ‘personal security’ be the bait and switch for public accountability Open Corporates

Brazil: Income tax declarations of politicians should be made public Carta Capital (In Portuguese)
See also our earlier blog Politicians and their tax returns: a new project from Finance Uncovered

Tax Incentives – Who Benefits? TJN Latin America & Caribbean (In Spanish)

Portugal’s unknown billions The Portugal News
‘Two former finance ministers are in line to face a parliamentary grilling after it emerged that billions of euros were transferred to offshore havens under their watch without being analysed by the tax office.’

New Zealand: Changes will target multinationals over tax NZ Herald
See also: Multinationals depriving New Zealand of millions in tax – Revenue Minister Collins RNZ

KPMG offshore tax dodge a ‘facade’ designed to hide money, ex-client says CBC News
See also: Wealthy Canadians exposed in KPMG offshore tax ‘sham’ CBC News

Swiss financial sector ‘vulnerable’ to crime swissinfo

Premier in London to promote Cayman CNS
See also: Cayman Beneficial ownership registry approved Cayman Compass

Why Bermuda Could Be The Next Switzerland Benzinga
See also our blog “We are not a tax haven.” They all say that

Landmark Prosecution As Nigerian Authorities Charge Shell And ENI Over Shady $1.1 Billion OPL 245 Deal Global Witness

Glencore Redirected Over $75 Million In Mining Payments To Scandal-Hit Friend Of Congolese President Global Witness

Will New York Get Its Own Freeport for Art? ARCIS Plans a Tax Haven in Harlem artnet
‘A freeport on par with Geneva and Singapore.’

Revenue collects €500m in tax from Ireland’s super rich The Irish Times

U.S.: IRS Wealth Squad Focuses on Super Rich This Tax Season Bloomberg (Audio)

Caterpillar HQ raided over suspected tax probe into Swiss operation swissinfo

Faulty Towers: Understanding the impact of overseas corruptionon the London Property Market Transparency International



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