Category: Offshore Morality

National Taxpayer Advocate Slams IRS Offshore Programs & FBAR Penalties, Demands Change

The National Taxpayer Advocate Nina Olson is a strong and vocal advocate for taxpayer rights. Her annual report to Congress castigates the IRS for its unfair application of offshore account penalties, and its disparate treatment of innocent Americans caught in reporting snafus. Some of the report asks the IRS to… – Continue reading

Mylan, Heinz among U.S. companies using Luxembourg for tax reduction

When Cecil-based generic drug giant Mylan bought Bioniche is 2010, it didn’t simply hand over a check to the owners of the Irish pharmaceutical firm. Instead, Mylan channeled financing through Luxembourg, a small European country that is a magnet for U.S. companies seeking ways to cut their tax bills. The… – Continue reading

National Taxpayer Advocate Slams IRS Offshore Programs & FBAR Penalties, Demands Change

The National Taxpayer Advocate Nina Olson is a strong and vocal advocate for taxpayer rights. Her annual report to Congress castigates the IRS for its unfair application of offshore account penalties, and its disparate treatment of innocent Americans caught in reporting snafus. Some of the report asks the IRS to… – Continue reading

Russian lawmakers to consider banning state tenders from offshore companies

MOSCOW, January 13 (RAPSI) – The Russian Government has submitted a bill to the State Duma that would ban state procurement from companies registered in offshore jurisdictions, TASS reports on Tuesday. The provisional bill stipulates that a legal entity registered in a state that provides tax exemptions and does not… – Continue reading

Ministry of Justice in odd arrangement at Bedford Square

Buildings in Bedford Square used by the Ministry of Justice to hold tax tribunals belong to a company registered in a tax haven, says Private Eye. The discovery by the Eye means the UK government is going against its own rules which forbids it from transferring its assets offshore. In… – Continue reading

Tax evasion by super rich hurts every Australian

We will probably never know their names, but one thing we do know – one in 20 of the richest people in Australia tried to evade paying their fair share of tax in recent years. By what authority do we know this? By none other than the Australian Taxation Office…. – Continue reading

A taxing tale of two peak bodies

Four days out from Christmas, Blind Citizens Australia (BCA), Deaf Australia, Homelessness Australia and Down Syndrome Australia learned they were to be subject to federal government funding cuts. New Social Services Minister Scott Morrison assured concerned parties that frontline services to the disabled would not be cut, just grants to… – Continue reading

Zero corporation tax: the arguments for and against

Once a niche proposal, the recent public focus on corporate tax avoidance has sparked real interest in the idea of eliminating corporation tax altogether. Surprisingly, the statistics suggest that employees and other stakeholders may also benefit from this In winter 2012, hundreds of activists packed inside their local Starbucks after… – Continue reading

A whopper of a deal at taxpayers’ expense

Burger King Chief Executive Officer Daniel Schwartz swears that the company’s plan to renounce its U.S. “citizenship” and become a Canadian corporation “is really not about taxes.” But a new report by my group, Americans for Tax Fairness, finds that it really is about taxes after all. The report reveals… – Continue reading

Jersey: The Shifting Position Between Lawful Tax Avoidance & Unlawful Tax Evasion

1. The traditional attitude to tax avoidance is encapsulated in the judgment of Lord Tomlin in the English case of IRC v Duke of Westminster (1936): “Every man is entitled if he can to arrange his affairs so that the tax attaching under the appropriate Acts is less than it… – Continue reading

Maryland nonprofits investing in offshore accounts

When the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, the Johns Hopkins University and other Maryland nonprofits want to maximize the money they can spend in pursuit of their missions, they do what many wealthy individuals and businesses do. They open investment accounts overseas. Many of Maryland’s wealthiest nonprofits — including the University of… – Continue reading

Bombardier among companies using legal tax havens at expense of home country

MONTREAL – The problem is not that Bombardier Inc. played a complex shell game since at least 2010 by refinancing and redirecting US$500 million of its financing activities to Luxembourg, a notorious tax haven. It’s that it does so legally — and is hurting its home country despite being one… – Continue reading

Facebook readers vent over ‘horrifically selfish’ tax avoidance

Ordinary New Zealanders are carrying the tax burden while the wealthy use every possible means to avoid paying tax, ONE News Facebook readers claim, in response to damning new IRD details released yesterday Yesterday ONE News revealed how some of New Zealand’s wealthiest people worth more than $50 million are… – Continue reading

The Luxembourg ministry of Finance comments on the latest publications by the ICIJ

The ministry of Finance acknowledges the publication by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) and affiliated medias of a further series of advance tax decisions (“rulings”) issued by the Luxembourg tax administration. As with previous publications (“Luxleaks”), the way in which these documents were acquired is highly questionable. The… – Continue reading

Tax Inversions Succeed When Government Lawyers Go Private

Hal Hicks cleared his throat and addressed a roomful of peers in a midtown Manhattan auditorium. The topic: the tax-avoidance technique called inversion, in which a U.S. company claims a foreign legal address. Waving his hands back and forth as if tracing a pendulum’s swing, Hicks explained how four government… – Continue reading

Why Are So Many Offshore Companies Winning Lucrative Government Contracts?

Despite the Obama administration’s ongoing efforts to crackdown on American companies moving overseas to avoid U.S. taxes, the Treasury Department is still awarding millions of dollars in federal contracts to these companies. Tyco International for example, moved their firm from the U.S. to Bermuda in 1997 and currently operates out… – Continue reading

$1 Billion: That’s How Much Walmart Avoids Paying in Taxes Each Year Through Loopholes

This Black Friday, legions of shoppers will throng to their local Walmart in frenzied pursuit of holiday deals. But it turns out that Walmart has saved the sweetest deals for itself. In a recent analysis of Walmart’s tax spending, Americans for Tax Fairness (ATF) found that the company “avoids $1… – Continue reading

Tackling the issue of tax avoidance and fairness

Tax havens have created an unsustainable economic structure wherein the rich get richer, Dennis Howlett summarized. Daily Herald Other news Zary’s hat trick leads Trojans over Mintos Bauer earns Player of the Week honours Crusaders win provincial championship in all P.A. final PAPHR received significant staffing boost under the Sask…. – Continue reading

Levine on Wall Street: Golf and Taxes

A while back we talked about how very complicated it seems to have been for U.S. citizens to avoid taxes on Swiss bank accounts. Here’s a criminal case that New York U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara just brought against a Kentucky resident (OK!) who allegedly did some of that tax avoidance…. – Continue reading

Give Americans a $2,000 Check From ‘Deferred’ Corporate Taxes

U.S. multinational corporations are hoarding an estimated $2 trillion “offshore” to take advantage of a loophole in our tax laws. At our 35 percent top federal corporate tax rate, that represents up to $700 billion in taxes owed but “deferred” because they are “offshore.” This is not imaginary or future… – Continue reading

When Mega Corporations Get Mega Tax Breaks, We All Pay

Is corporate CEO pay really out of control? Well, consider Fleecing Uncle Sam, a new report from the Institute for Policy Studies and the Center for Effective Government. Of the 100 highest-paid CEOs in the US, the study finds, twenty-nine of them received more compensation than their companies paid in… – Continue reading

G20 tax avoidance pledge ‘still leaves poor countries vulnerable’

Oxfam director Winnie Byanyima says what is on the table is not enough to stop poor countries being ‘bled dry’ Moves by G20 nations to tackle corporate tax avoidance are welcome but will only begin to uncover the full problem while leaving poor countries still vulnerable to exploitation, tax justice… – Continue reading

South Africa: President Zuma Wraps Up Brisbane Visit

Pretoria — President Jacob Zuma has concluded his visit to Brisbane, Australia, where he led the South African delegation to the G20 Leaders’ Summit, says the Presidency. The main outcome of the Leaders’ Summit was a commitment to lift the G20’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) by at least an additional… – Continue reading

Global tax avoidance crackdown has broad support – Bill English

There is broad global support for moves to curb international tax avoidance, says Finance Minister Bill English, on the sidelines of the G20 Leaders’ Summit in Brisbane. Cracking down on tax avoidance is one of the key agenda items at this weekend’s G20 Summit, where New Zealand is an invited… – Continue reading

The ‘Sonic’ boom: How Alberta became an ‘Offshore Business’ in the pathology market

Why does Stephen Mandel, the newly minted Minister of Health, think it’s a good idea for Alberta taxpayers to support the lifestyles of wealthy Australian businessmen who earn more than $13 million a year; their executive teams who get ridiculous bonuses and stock options; and the Australian economy as a… – Continue reading

Ending corporate secrecy: time for the Government to support Anti-Money Laundering Directive

A new report on tax transparency across 15 EU states highlights hidden profits People in Europe and in developing countries are being robbed. One trillion euro is lost to tax dodging every year in the EU, with billions being lost from developing countries each year for the same reason. It… – Continue reading

Trade unions condemn tax avoidance

High quality global journalism requires investment. Please share this article with others using the link below, do not cut & paste the article. See our Ts&Cs and Copyright Policy for more detail. Email to buy additional rights. The world’s most powerful trade unions have called on their pension funds to fight… – Continue reading

Luxembourg leaks: G20 alone can’t stamp out tax avoidance

The hollowing out of tax collected for public purposes by rich and poor nations is not confined to technology and mining companies, according to a major leak of secret tax agreements covering more than 340 companies around the world. The documents, published by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, include… – Continue reading

Tax avoidance is a global problem

U.S. tax law creates perverse incentives for American companies to hold cash offshore, and the U.S. Treasury recently announced proposals to deter the practice.  The proposals have triggered an outcry that ranges from criticisms that the Obama administration has overstepped its authority, on one side, to criticisms that the proposals… – Continue reading

The growing threat of wealth taxation

At the September 2014 convention of American labor unions, Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont specifically urged taxation of wealth, asserting that, “We need a tax system which asks the billionaire class to pay its fair share of taxes and which reduces the obscene degree of wealth inequality in America.” The… – Continue reading

Reading Borough Council go into battle with ‘aggressive tax avoiders

Council leader Jo Lovelock laid down a motion at a meeting on Tuesday saying “aggressive corporate tax avoidance schemes are unfair, unjust and morally wrong” Big name brands like Vodafone, Starbucks, Apple and Facebook were bandied around the council chamber as companies the council did not want to do business… – Continue reading

Mob justice is a dangerous way to deal with bad businesses

High quality global journalism requires investment. Please share this article with others using the link below, do not cut & paste the article. See our Ts&Cs and Copyright Policy for more detail. Email to buy additional rights. ig, bad companies are firmly in the sights of politicians. Last week UK Labour… – Continue reading

Bermuda: Super-Powered Settlors

The reservation or grant of certain powers by settlors has always been possible under Bermuda’s trust law but, historically, there was some uncertainty about exactly how far settlors could go without calling the validity of the trust structure into question. The recently passed Trusts (Special Provisions) Amendment Act 2014 (TAA… – Continue reading

Time to Make Corporations Pay Taxes They’re Avoiding

Blue-ribbon corporations are deserting our country “to avoid paying taxes but expect to keep receiving the full array of benefits that being American confers, and that everyone else is paying for,” Fortune magazine reports. That’s right, Fortune wrote it; not Pravda. In a scathing article titled “Positively Un-American” by Allan… – Continue reading

Revenue & Customs set to miss target for prosecution of tax evaders

Tax authority set a target of 1,165 people a year by 2014/15, but analysis of the last tax year shows it prosecuted just 795 £119.4bn of UK tax went unpaid, avoided or evaded in the financial year 2013/14, with evasion totalling £82.1bn, according to campaigner Richard Murphy. Photograph: Daniel Lynch… – Continue reading

Trillion Dollar Scandal – the biggest heist you’ve never heard of

The World Bank analysed the world’s biggest corruption scandals over that past two decades. Seventy per cent involved anonymous shell companies Take a guess at how much is lost to developing countries each year through international corruption? $1 billion, maybe $10? Even more? The shocking truth is that $1trn a… – Continue reading

Exclusive: Starbucks beware – union leader seeks jail terms for overseas tax avoiders

Ed Miliband is under pressure to “bang up” the British chief executives of overseas firms that use tax avoidance schemes, should he win next year’s general election. Speaking to The Independent on the fringe of the Labour conference in Manchester, Paul Kenny, the general secretary of the GMB, said: “Tax… – Continue reading