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Welcome to the Taxcast, the Tax Justice Network’s monthly podcast: up to 30 minutes of the latest global news, scandal and analysis on tax havens and corruption – which you won’t hear anywhere else.

Joining us are experts in the field to help us analyse the top stories each month. It’s available to everyone for download and broadcast. If your favourite radio station’s not playing it, ask them why not? Produced by @Naomi_Fowler

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The Taxcast: Edition 62

February 2017

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Welcome to the Tax Justice Network February 2017 podcast! This month: how financial transaction taxes can protect us from finance sectors dragging our economies down.

Plus: the Swiss referendum – taxpayers have refused to pick up the tab for corporate tax ‘reform’. What does that mean for one of the world’s biggest tax haven players?

Also, President Trump’s valentine gift for kleptocrats and the extractives industry as he repeals anti-corruption regulations – the criminal race to the bottom is on.

And, the influence of dark money, the experts in distorting democratic debate and the results of the 2017 Transparify report.

“I think they are more opposed to this [the Financial Transactions Tax] than any other because this tax really drives a stake into the heart of the current business model… you can see how that is very frightening to them”

Professor Avinash Persaud

President Trump’s repeal of anti-corruption legislation ‘has opened the field for a much wider variety of corrupt practices and one can well imagine the oil lobbies will now start concentrating on the European Union and they’ll be saying ‘we have to compete in this race to the bottom, otherwise we’ll be at a competitive disadvantage with the US companies.’ And that raises questions – what is that competitive disadvantage? Well, it’s the competitive disadvantage which stops us acting like criminals.’

John Christensen, Tax Justice Network

Produced and presented by @Naomi_Fowler for the Tax Justice Network. Also available on iTunes.

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The Taxcast: Edition 61

January 2017

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In the January 2017 Taxcast we look at tax justice and public procurement – the efforts to hit tax dodging companies where it really hurts on a local level – trying to stop them bidding for public money for public contracts. Also:

how massive amounts of money are flowing into Tax Haven USA to circumvent the flawed Common Reporting Standard – South Dakota is apparently raking in tax evading capital

the slippery world of ‘residence planning’ and the ‘synthetic residency’ dodge

we discuss the UK’s Criminal Finances Bill likely to be passed this year, which includes proposals for ‘Unexplained Wealth Orders’ and holding tax evading enablers to account. An amendment to the bill could force UK satellite tax havens, the overseas territories to create public registers of the real owners of companies, something they’ve so far refused to do.

and we consider the British threat to the EU: ‘if you give us a bad Brexit deal, we’ll push regulation-lite, tax haven UK even further in a race to the bottom and shoot ourselves in the foot.’

Featuring: John Christensen of the Tax Justice Network, Paul Monaghan, co-founding Director of the Fair Tax Mark and Miguel Alba, Policy researcher in private sector and tax policies in Oxfam Intermón, Spain Zonas LIbres de Paraisos Fiscales initiative. Produced and presented by Naomi Fowler for the Tax Justice Network.

‘I would like to see a world where…some of the…providers, if it was possible, such as Microsoft and Apple [were] potentially not being able to operate on these public service contracts and the quid pro quo would be those businesses that were trading ethically… could start to pick up the contracts that were being vacated by the tax avoiders.’

Paul Monaghan, co-founding Director of the Fair Tax Mark

‘If we can make a European or a global movement fostering tax responsibility or social responsibility in general from public procurement policies I think that is a really interesting transformative tool for getting changes.’

Miguel Alba, Policy researcher in private sector and tax policies in Oxfam Intermón, Spain, Zonas Libres de Paraisos Fiscales initiative

‘This race to the bottom on tax, social protections and environmental protections…[is] an astonishing exercise in self-harm by the British…the vast majority of people in Britain will lose out as their public services are cut further, as their living standards decline and as their environmental standards are degraded. So at the end of the day, engaging in a race to the bottom is a losing strategy, it’s a sign of weakness on the part of the British government because after all, who wants to win a race to the bottom? There is no limit to the amount of subsidy big companies will chase if they’re given the opportunity by weak politicians.’

John Christensen, Tax Justice Network

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The Taxcast: Edition 60

December 2016

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In our December 2016 Taxcast:

In trusts we trust? We look at the new game in town: beneficial ownership avoidance, the booming industry in alternative escape vehicles from public registers and why we must shine the spotlight on all of them.

Plus: we discuss two big stories we think will define 2017: the race to the bottom between nations on tax aka a transfer of wealth to the corporate community, and how the world’s biggest havens are increasingly having to account for the devastating effect their tax and/or financial secrecy policies are having on human rights around the world…Plus we report from the appeal of tax justice heroes Antoine Deltour and Rapahel Halet in Luxembourg.

Featuring: Lawyer Paul Beckett of cyber-intelligence agency Synceritas, journalist and financial sleuth Richard Smith of Naked Capitalism, and John Christensen of the Tax Justice Network. Produced and presented for the Tax Justice Network by Naomi Fowler. Also available on iTunes.

“What has happened worldwide is a new phenomenon which I have called beneficial ownership avoidance…the danger is that if one of these structures is established by someone who is less than scrupulous the client going forward can say when asked, do you have an interest under a trust anywhere? The answer is no. Do you own this particular asset? No.” ~ Paul Beckett

“There’s been a boom in NZ trusts and the suspicion has to be that there’s plenty more oligarchs and the like using these structures to obfuscate ownership.” ~Richard Smith

“The race to bottom between nations on tax is a game for losers…this does nothing at all to improve productivity or growth or the quality of economics anywhere, it quite simply is a transfer of wealth to the corporate community” ~John Christensen

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