Is tax avoidance the only motivation for multinationals with foreign affiliates in ‘tax havens’? This research on German multinationals paints an entirely different picture. What follows in its entirety is research by the Center for Economic Policy Research (CEPR) on what motivates German manufacturing and services multinationals (excluding financial services) to invest in ‘tax … More Why German Multinations Invest in Tax Havens
The Swiss Supreme Court has provided some guidance on the ambit of a ‘fishing expedition’ under OECD provisions related to exchange of information; and set out in Article 26 of the OECD Model Tax Agreement. Since 2012, when the OECD Model was amended to reflect the current formulation of Article 26 on Exchange of … More Exchange of Confidential Tax-Payer Information: No Name? No Problem
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.
The European Commission published on Thursday a list of 81 countries and jurisdictions that have a higher chance of facilitating tax avoidance and may be subject to further screening and even sanctions if all EU states agree. The “scoreboard” is the first step in a process that should be concluded next year with the first European … More ALERT: EU Issues Tax Haven Blacklist of 81 Countries Highly Likely to Facilitate Tax Avoidance
The European Commission has today issued a press release confirming their finding that Ireland, granted undue tax benefits of up to €13 billion to Apple. This is illegal under EU state aid rules, because it allowed Apple to pay substantially less tax than other businesses. Ireland must now recover the illegal aid. Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, … More Ireland Must Recover 13 Billion Euros in Illegal State Aid to Apple.
(Jane Ellison, Financial Secretary to the Treasury) Here is Why You Need to Know Now. Suppose: John Combos devises a tax avoidance scheme aimed at contractors and freelancers, requiring them to become employees of a special purpose employer and to receive money in the form of loans. A company is created to become the employer of … More Are You a Tax Avoidance ‘Enabler’?