OP-ED: Why Europe is Ill-Suited For The Business of Blacklisting So-Called ‘Non-Cooperative’ Jurisdictions.

I AM  NOT  A FAN OF THE  USE  OF UNILATERAL MEASURES IN international  diplomacy;  including the use of tax haven or other types of blacklists related  to  compliance  with global  norms   on   transparency  and information   exchange.  Although   we often think of this kind of state action in the context of armed conflict where there are … More OP-ED: Why Europe is Ill-Suited For The Business of Blacklisting So-Called ‘Non-Cooperative’ Jurisdictions.

What a Tangled Web!

  Fancy a peek at Facebook’s earnings and tax bills? Tax Eurocrats certainly do. So keen are they to compel the world’s largest multinational corporations to open their tax arrangements with EU governments to full public scrutiny that the European Commission is expected to table the necessary legislation in April. Tax legislation in the EU … More What a Tangled Web!

Quest Means Business.

  No, not the popular Richard Quest from the CNN show. The other Mr. Quest  –  Director General for Taxation and Customs Union, European Commission, Stephen Quest – who apparently also ‘means business’ when it comes to piloting the EU’s aggressive package of tax avoidance measures through the Economic and Financial Affairs Council of the European Union . His department is responsible for … More Quest Means Business.

Africa & BEPS Value-Added: A Reality Check.

The OECD BEPS project has been marketed to developing countries, primarily those on the African Continent, as a way to re-balance the bargain often struck between government and multinationals operating in, our through their countries. BEPS, has been vociferously articulated by the OECD, international NGOS, and perhaps a little less boisterously by African governments themselves; … More Africa & BEPS Value-Added: A Reality Check.

How the OECD BEPS Project is Re-Writing International Tax Diplomacy.

  (Pascal Saint-Amans Head of the OECD Centre for Tax Policy and Administration) If you are an International Business and Financial Services Centre whose competitive advantage lies in a network of tax treaties; or you are about to develop an tax treaty network; or you are a developing country (as defined by the OECD Global … More How the OECD BEPS Project is Re-Writing International Tax Diplomacy.