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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 63

March 2017

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In our March 2017 Taxcast:

The high price we’re paying for our finance sectors – we look at staggering statistics showing how the US finance sector is a net drag on their economy. Also, as the British government initiates Brexit divorce negotiations to leave the EU, we discuss something they ought to know, but obviously don’t – they’re actually in a very weak position. Could it mean the beginning of the end of the finance curse gripping the UK economy?

Featuring: John Christensen and Alex Cobham of the Tax Justice Network, and Professor of Economics Gerald Epstein of the University of Masachusetts Amhurst. Produced and presented by Naomi Fowler for the Tax Justice Network.

“If you look at particular finance centres, say London and New York, the problem is that the net cost of this system is quite significant, it imposes a cost not only on people who use finance but for the whole economy. So, what we need to think about is what are the more productive activities that ought to be substituted for these excessive aspects of finance?”
~ Professor Gerald Epstein

“We might be seeing the start of the end of Britain’s grip by the Finance Curse”

~ John Christensen, Tax Justice Network on Britain’s weak position in Brexit negotiations

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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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