Category: World Trade Organisation

How major tech companies exploit tax laws: A focus on Ghana and Nigeria

When World Trade Organisation (WTO) officials designed the territorial taxing rights back in the 1920s, not many people imagined that a century later; these guidelines would still underpin the international tax system. Today, highly digitalised companies such as Facebook and Google are able to operate internationally from their tax havens,… – Continue reading

Panama seeks to punish countries that blacklist it as ‘tax haven’

The government of Panama on Tuesday announced a bill that would take a range of steps against countries that put it on their blacklists of ‘tax havens’ in the wake of the Panama Papers revelations. The legislation would impose tax, trade and migration measures on companies or individuals from those… – Continue reading

‘Philippines should demand Thailand’s compliance with WTO cigarette ruling’

The Philippines should compel Thailand to abide by the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) ruling on the cigarette-tax case, after Bangkok slapped tax-evasion charges against Philip Morris Thailand (PMT), a legal expert said over the weekend. Lawyer Anthony Abad, who was part of the Philip Morris Philippines legal team that won… – Continue reading