In the March 2014 Taxcast: Russia, Ukraine, Londongrad and the offshore threat to global security. Also: modern day colonialism? Niger battles France over fairer revenues for its uranium. It’s official – inequality IS bad for economic growth – the IMF becomes an unlikely advocate for tax justice. And, the European Parliament moves against anonymous ownership of companies by voting for public registers of beneficial owners.
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 February Taxcast: Are European tax havens getting ‘illegal state subsidies’? The European Union’s Competition Commissioner thinks so. Are the world’s tax havens really going to become more transparent? We analyse the OECD’s automatic information exchange proposal, warts and all. And, the tax haven of the Bahamas is broke – the government’s solution? Tax the poor! We look at the Bahamian campaign against a Value Added Tax and their demands for a freedom of information act.
In the January Taxcast: Tax justice goes to the Cayman Islands; the latest fall-out from #OffshoreLeaks, the expose on tax havens from the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists; and HOW much does Africa spend on corporate tax breaks?! The Taxcast looks at tax ‘incentives’, Africa-style.
In the December 2013 Taxcast: the clock’s ticking for Swiss banks, OECD countries are failing to collect enough information on the real owners of companies, and the Taxcast looks at tax and human rights: lawyers have escaped public scrutiny of their role in tax abuse. So far…
In the November 2013 Taxcast: the movers and the shakers in the 2013 Financial Secrecy Index, the pariah states trying to wreck new global transparency measures, and it’s 50 years ago this month that US President John F Kennedy was assassinated. Did you know he was trying to tackle tax havens?
In the October 2013 Taxcast: Swiss villagers send some of profit shifting mining giant GlencoreXstrata’s money to humanitarian projects, tax havens do some window dressing and how many sets of accounts does a multinational corporation REALLY need to file their tax returns? The David and Goliath story of tax collection – even for the United States.
In the September 2013 Taxcast: The Netherlands is getting worried about its bad reputation – and not because of its red light districts, China steps aboard the G20 Automatic Information Exchange train. And what do Tina Turner and Muammar Gadaffi have in common? – The Taxcast breaks down some dance moves for the Swiss Shuffle.
In the August 2013 Taxcast: we look at why development money is being invested in developing countries via tax havens and the under-reported elements of the tensions between Spain and Britain over the territory of Gibraltar. Also: tax and the environment – making the polluter pay instead of paying the polluter: the Taxcast investigates the Carbon Tax in British Columbia, Canada.
In the July 2013 Taxcast: We analyse the OECD’s Action Plan it says is going to tackle corporate tax avoidance. And who needs the OECD, the G8 or the G20 anyway? The Taxcast looks at working models governments could implement NOW without any more summits: Japan introduced it’s Tax Haven Counter Measure Law in the 1970s and Mexico has a tax haven black list and the Dictamen Fiscal rule to help it hold multinational corporations to account.
In the June 2013 Taxcast: ‘Coulds’ and ‘shoulds’ – but any real action? We analyse what the G8 summit did for tax justice and why some tax havens may get a competitive advantage. And, while the world waits for reform, the Taxcast looks at how some countries are finding creative ways around the current global tax system.
In the May 2013 Taxcast: Google and Apple are forced to defend their tax affairs in public, how anti-EU sentiment serves offshore interests and the Taxcast looks at tax havens and the arms trade: how secrecy kills. The Lord of War makes an appearance.
In April 2013?s Taxcast: ‘offshore leaks’ blows the lid off secrecy for sale, the G20 endorse greater transparency (but let’s not get too excited), Luxembourg agrees to lift its banking secrecy, Austria next? And the Taxcast takes a look at fake foreign direct investment.
In March 2013’s Taxcast: the crisis in Cyprus and the risk tax havens pose to the global economy, a surprise earthquake for UK-affiliated tax havens and a frustrated corporate tax inspector speaks out on the corrupting of the tax system.
In February 2013’s Taxcast: Transparency for French banks, taxing the digital economy aka how to worry Google and Amazon, G8 leaders talk up reform of the global tax system – but will they walk the talk? And…it is a bird? Is it a plane? No! It’s the OECD. The Taxcast takes a closer look.
In January 2013’s Taxcast: A significant ruling against Dell in Spain, India shelves rules that would have tackled corporate tax abuse until 2016, the EU threatens to blacklist Switzerland and we take a look at ‘Google Capitalism.’ (An extended edition to kick off 2013 – just under 20 mins).