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Tax transparency and the end of transfer pricing: A few quick thoughts on where things stand in the battle for fair taxation of multinationals – by TJN’s Chief Executive @alexcobham

Transparency on beneficial ownership is essential for good governance and reforms Open Government Partnership

Swiss banks lobby for get-out clause as end of bank secrecy nears Reuters
See our report “The end of bank secrecy”? Bridging the gap to effective automatic information exchange, see also our recent blog: Switzerland and information exchange: tweak, tweak and something will always remain

The Great Tax Robbery: How bankers, consultants, and lawyers have been plundering the German state for decades. And who tracked them down and exposed them. Zeit Online

A fire in the world’s laundromat Open Democracy

Malta / Money Laundering: Fair and thorough investigation urgently needed Sven Giegold

Tax evaders exposed: why the super-rich are even richer than we thought The Guardian

India – First Panama Papers seizure: Top Delhi jeweller’s deposits The Indian Express

Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif appears before Panama Papers probe panelThe Hindu

Japanese named in Panama Papers owe 1 billion yen in tax on hidden income The Mainichi

Tanzania: Chronicle of Suspected Plunder and Corruption in Energy and Minerals Ministry: An Inside Story Business News
‘Recent press reports said Tanzania lost a staggering Tsh. 7.2trn/- ( about $2.13billion) in 2016 as a result of some extraordinary tax holiday and loopholes in the mining sector.’

Bangladesh: E-commerce would promote illicit flow of information & asset by MNCs from LDCs Newsflash 24bd

Why are Tax Haven Users Getting Govt Contracts? Canadians for Tax Fairness

Canada’s voluntary disclosure programme to be restricted STEP

Hundreds of mining, oil and gas companies reveal payments to governments for the first time, in Canada and around the world Publish What You Pay Canada

Why Kenya’s super-rich stay invisible Business Daily

Foreign investors snapping up London homes suitable for first-time buyers The Guardian
‘… and being held in off-shore tax havens’

U.S. acts to seize stolen assets, Picasso in probe of Malaysian fund Reuters

Former Julius Baer banker pleads guilty in U.S. FIFA corruption probe Reuters



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