The problems with measuring tax systems SPERI
‘In debates about tax policy we need to de-emphasise the role of economics and measurement and rekindle the politics’. Blog by TJN’s Nicholas Shaxson, author of Treasure Islands: Tax Havens and the Men Who Stole the World.
The Despot’s Guide to Wealth Management – On the International Campaign against Grand Corruption
New book by Jason Sharman
How human rights law has been used to guarantee corporations a ‘right to profit The Conversation
Read about Tax Justice and Human Rights here.
UN urges US to not exploit American Samoa The Guam Daily Post
‘The United Nations has “strongly urged” the United States to refrain from using American Samoa as, among other things, a tax haven’. A significant shift? Development policy guidance recognises that tax havenry hurts the local population.
Luxembourg Frieden says government should lower taxes for companies, private individuals Luxemburger Wort
‘…says Luxembourg must become more competitive when it comes to taxes’. Read about the Race to the Bottom, here.
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
Trusts – the hole in the EU’s response to the Panama Papers? Global Witness
See also, our report Trusts – Weapons of Mass Injustice
HSBC discloses tax evasion probes in India other countries Economic Times
Probes in U.S., France, Belgium, Argentina … See also: HSBC Sets Aside $773 Million for Tax Authority Investigations Bloomberg BNA
Despots’ jackpots – Why it is so difficult to hold kleptocrats accountable The Economist
“Despite improvements, fighting grand corruption remains a struggle”
Who Makes the Rules on Illicit Financial Flows Financial Transparency Coalition
Sapin II: a very opaque transparency bill in France Publish What You Pay / Oxfam France