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.

Canada to Discuss Its Response to BEPS …Affirms Its Commitment to a Free Trade Agreement with Europe…Some Implications for OFCs

Canadian tax experts from industry and the public sector will discuss what Canada’s response should be to the OECD Base Erosion and profits Shifting (BEPS) agenda. Hosted by Bloomberg BNA and Baker and McKenzie the talks will be facilitated through two events : The 3rd Annual Global Transfer Pricing Conference: Toronto, which will take place … More Canada to Discuss Its Response to BEPS …Affirms Its Commitment to a Free Trade Agreement with Europe…Some Implications for OFCs

Going Public: UK, EU and US to Unmask Real Owners of Companies….Will Trusts Be Next?

Today in London at the Open Government Partnership Summit, Prime Minister Cameron announced his government’s plans to make public, national registers of the ‘true’ , ‘shell’, ‘real’ or ‘beneficial’ owners of companies. In the company of the Presidents of Tanzania and Liberia, Cameron said that “a list of the owners of “shell” companies where firms keep … More Going Public: UK, EU and US to Unmask Real Owners of Companies….Will Trusts Be Next?

Ireland Has Friends in High Places!

(Image:www.defenders.ca) Ireland is not a tax haven and has never been one! So says the secretary-general of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Dr Angel Gurria. Seriously??!! Dr Gurria was responding to an announcement made in Brussels that investigations into the tax systems of Ireland, the Netherlands and Luxembourg are to be carried … More Ireland Has Friends in High Places!