Thursday, June 20, 2013

Links Jun 20

Talk point: did the G8 campaigns achieve anything? Guardian
See also: It’s gone quiet after G8 tax promises Bdaily

OECD reports to G8 on global system of automatic exchange of tax information
On the release of the new OECD report, A Step Change in Tax Transparency. See also TJN blog yesterday on G8 and tax havens: a helpful beginning, but only a beginning

At the G8, Switzerland is the elephant in the room New Statesman

Switzerland: Surveying the wreckage of torpedoed US tax deal swissinfo
See also: US tax bill rejection fails to ignite press

Swiss money laundering case buried once and for all Pakistan Daily Times
"The Swiss government has in a letter to the government of Pakistan refused to reopen graft cases against President Asif Ali Zardari."

Use Swiss Law Courts To Unravel Mystery Of Supposed Oman Ghana Trust Billions In Switzerland Vibe Ghana

The Fair Tax Mark: dealing with criticisms of our methodology

Canada: Finally, Tax Havens Taken Seriously Huffington Post
Commentary by Dennis Howlett of Canadians for Tax Fairness

Russia Vows to Crack Down on Offshore Zones Ria Novosti

Don’t blame the havens – tax dodging is everyone else’s fault Financial Times (subscription)
"Authorities have preferred to cut deals with big companies rather than pursue costly legal action"

Call for global information system to curb tax evasion South China Morning Post

Israel's tax chief warns on unreported capital abroad Globes

Bulgarian FinMin to Discuss Offshore Bank Accounts with Cypriot Counterpart novinvite

Government opens door to Spanish tax squad Gibralter Chronicle

Mbeki says Africa loses $15b in illicit money laundering Africa Review
See also: Tax avoidance on global agenda Zambia Daily Mail

Latvia fines bank over Magnitsky money laundering EU Observer

Cobrapost money-laundering sting operation nails Stanchart, HSBC officers on camera domain-b

Ex-HSBC boss who oversaw bank as it laundered money for terrorists quits as a minister after scathing report Daily Mail

UK panel suggests jail for bungling top bankers wearing blindfolds and earning rewards for failures The Standard

Hong Kong is rolling in more millionaire money than Singapore Quartz

Hong Kong in path of U.S. tax crackdown South China Morning Post

Italian icons find no respite from tax man Bloomberg Businessweek

Secret tax-haven files lift veil on $32M Ontario fraud CBC news


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