From the Tax Justice blog:
If there’s one story you read today make it this one, from Politico Magazine. It’s triggered by the crisis in Ukraine, but it’s been a long time coming.
The point of this short story is clear: Western leaders are waking up to the fact that Russia no longer fears or even respects them. Why? Well:…Read more
From the Financial Times, a short video entitled Bright Future for British Engineering? It looks at some promising stuff going on in the Advanced Manufacturing Research Park, a collaboration between the University of Sheffield and Boeing Corp.
The video is notable not just for the fact that the t-word is absent. Nobody seems to be talking about tax subsidies:…Read more
John Lanchester in the London Review of Books, not so long ago:
“If there hadn’t been so much other lurid wrongdoing in the world of finance, and if mis-sold payment protection insurance had a sexier name, PPI would stand out as the biggest scandal in the history of British banking.”
Which is, of course, a big claim. Lanchester has…Read more
I’ve been in touch with the Swiss whistleblower Rudolf Elmer in the last few days, and have written this up. This is cross-posted with the Tax Justice Network’s new blog.
This month a Swiss court fought back against efforts by the United States to tackle criminal activity and tax its wealthy citizens properly. As Worldwide Tax Daily reports:
Cross-posted from the new Tax Justice Blog:
From the Davos OpenForum 2014:
“Switzerland is known for its chocolate, watches and banking sector. But today, with traditional banking secrecy gone, the country has to reinvent itself to retain its competitive advantage.”
Our emphasis added. That’s news to us. If it were remotely true, a lot of Swiss bankers would…Read more
I’ve just had an email from Stuart Syvret, a dissident former health minister in the British tax haven of Jersey, who has just got out of prison after challenging the island’s financially-dominated oligarchy. The email was in his characteristically forthright style:
“I and many of my former constituents have had our human rights monstrously abused in Jersey by corrupt Crown
Cross-posted from the Tax Justice Network.
The world’s economists have been arguing over this question for decades. Which is odd, because the evidence is rather clear on this point. Corporate tax cuts, or overall tax cuts (or hikes) just seem to have a neutral effect on economic growth.
Which is quite unsurprising, given that (as we never tire…Read more
Ireland continues to annoy me. Not Ireland the country, of course: it’s just the tax haven industry that has grown up there. It annoys me because there are so many influential voices there that deny Ireland is a tax haven. All tax havens deny being tax havens, but Ireland seems to have taken it to extremes of huffing and…Read more