Racketeering, money laundering and bribery in international football: the FIFA scandal demonstrates everything that’s wrong with global finance and attitudes to business. Also: the EU Commission releases a laughable tax haven blacklist with some glaring omissions, we put FIFA’s auditors KPMG under the spotlight, Walmart is exposed for paying minimal taxes. And more…
Welcome to the Taxcast – the Tax Justice Network’s monthly podcast: around 30 minutes of unmissable corruption, scandal and analysis on tax havens, tax dodging and financial secrecy you won't hear anywhere else – we cover the battles for transparency, fairness and the public interest. Each month we speak with experts in the field to help us analyse the top global stories.
In the May 2015 Taxcast: Do our politicians believe in the societies they serve or not? The Taxcast looks at making the tax returns of our elected representatives public, and the inspirational achievement of journalist Umar Cheema of the Centre for Investigative Reporting in making Pakistan only the fourth country in the world to publish the tax returns of its Parliamentarians. Also: how the British general election demonstrates political capture by financial interests; libertarian paradise – the world’s newest tax haven; and is Singapore trying to shut down reporting on its tax haven status?
In the April 2015 Taxcast: How just are our tax systems towards women? Plus: one of the USA’s biggest corporations (and tax avoiders) is repatriating billions from offshore and re-focusing on good old manufacturing again; and remember how the UK Prime Minister was ‘leading the world’ in transparency measures not so long ago? We discuss the letter a former Cayman Islands lobbyist and Conservative peer wrote at the time to reassure the tax haven that it was an empty gesture to distract from the proposed Financial Transaction Tax.
In the March 2015 Taxcast: Democracy for sale: how our politics are heavily reliant on tax haven-friendly donors. Also, we ask: why is HSBC shutting down offshore accounts in Jersey? Are we in the final few years of the corporate income tax? Is Australia’s exempting of big companies from new transparency rules a joke? Plus more scandal and analysis you won’t find anywhere else.
In the February 2015 Taxcast: Just what does a bank have to do to lose its licence?! We look at the fall out from #HSBCLeaks and ask how we can genuinely tackle criminality in global finance? Also: the latest research on fines and crimes in banking; why a recent threat to have UK Crown Dependencies and Overseas territories blacklisted won’t exactly have them shaking in their shoes; plus more scandal and unique analysis.
In the January 2015 Taxcast: how offshore is ruining the ‘Beautiful Game’ – the Taxcast scrutinises football’s own goal. Also: how banks with criminal convictions are being allowed to continue to handle our money, how people may be allowed to apply for anonymity in the UK’s new register of beneficial owners of companies to be introduced in 2016, and the meeting of the world’s most powerful in that bastion of transparency, Davos, Switzerland. Plus more scandal and unique analysis.
In the December ’14 Taxcast: how mafia is corrupting democracy at the heart of Europe in Italy’s capital city of Rome. Also: the #LuxLeaks whistleblower is arrested and makes his first public statements on why he did it, the UK Chancellor’s new ‘Google Tax’, is the EU Commission President Jean Claude Juncker backing away from making a register of real owners of companies and trusts public? Plus more scandal and unique analysis.
In the November ’14 Taxcast: ‘You can lie and steal from us again but this time we’ll know who you are’ – Ukraine becomes the first country in the world to introduce a public registry of the real owners of companies. The Taxcast speaks to the Director of Ukraine’s Anti-Corruption Action Centre about stopping corruption that continues to cost lives. Also: we look at the fallout from the latest leaks from the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists on corporate tax avoidance in Luxembourg aka #LuxLeaks, Kenya considers ending corporate tax holidays, and why is the taxpayer-funded European Investment Bank lending money to companies which are heavy users of tax havens? All that and more scandal.
In the October 2014 Taxcast: how much is corporate welfare costing us? Across the US they’re going to start publishing the tax breaks and subsidies, and we take a look at the latest research in the UK. Also: Ireland announces it’ll abolish the so-called ‘Double Irish’ tax dodge after the EU Commission finds Apple’s tax deal is ‘illegal state aid’. But what will they replace it with? Australians discover the true state of the tax contributions made by their top companies and Tax Justice Network Africa makes history by taking the Kenyan government to court in an unprecedented case over a tax treaty with the tax haven of Mauritius.
In the September 2014 Taxcast: ‘Unpatriotic corporate deserters’? We ask why so many US companies are relocating and what we can do about it. Also, the less reported side of the Scottish vote on independence, the OECD’s latest ‘action’ plan to tackle international tax avoidance and much, much more.
In the August 2014 Taxcast: When was the last time you used a $100 bill, a 500 euro note or a 1,000 Swiss Franc note? We look at how Western banks and Treasuries are facilitating crime through high denomination bills. Also, tax haven reputation damage-management, Switzerland pulls a fast one on India, the European bankers raking in the bonuskis from sanctions against Russia and how the tax haven of Mauritius is…erm…expanding its portfolio.
In the July 2014 Taxcast: what really happened at the Google shareholder meeting vote on a proposal for ethical tax principles? Plus: we discuss what the new tax haven-friendly EU Commission President might do (or not do), anti-democratic moves in Hong Kong from the big four accountancy firms, and: forget the OECD’s global tax reform – developing countries can and are doing it for themselves. But will the new BRICS Development Bank do any better? And much more…
In the June 2014 Taxcast: the guillotine v progressive tax? The Taxcast looks at Thomas Piketty’s book Capital in the 21st Century. Also: welcome to the temporary tax haven of World Cup Brazil; the EU Commission begins investigations into illegal state aid for tax havens; and are developing countries really not interested in tracking illicit outflows from their countries? Plus more scandal..
In the May 2014 Taxcast: the Taxcast looks at privatisation and tax: what happens when public assets or services get into private hands? Also: Google’s challenged on its tax affairs by its own shareholders; will Congress block the US administration’s decision to agree to the G20’s global transparency standard? And whatever happened to the UK government’s ‘leadership’ on public registers of the real owners of companies now it turns out it’ll ‘encourage’ but not ‘force’ its overseas territories & crown dependencies to sign up to the initiative?
In the April 2014 Taxcast: Forget Congress! The Taxcast looks at the latest US state to take matters into its own hands and legislate against tax havens. Also: the scandal of how the Bank for International Settlements has kept offshore private wealth data to itself, the British government tries to impress its friends in Washington with a ‘tough’ new tax evasion offence, taxing problems in Nigeria and…how will UK Parliamentarian Lord Blencathra manage now that his £12,000 (c.$20,000) a month contract with the Cayman Islands has been terminated?