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24 Jan 2013

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Tax avoidance - an introduction

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Study says 26 companies paid more to CEOs than they did in US taxes

UK: Labour would stop "scandalous" company tax avoidance, says party leader Ed Miliband

Commentary on corporate tax avoidance & changing attitudes of govts. to regulation

UK: Chair of Public Accounts Committee says new tax laws too heavily influenced by large corporations & accountancy firms

UK: Barclays closes controversial tax avoidance unit

UK Govt. to exclude companies found guilty of aggressive tax avoidance from bidding for major govt. contracts

UK, Germany & France call on G20 to curb tax avoidance by companies

UK Govt. reportedly ready to back plans to force all European companies to reveal where they pay tax

UK: One third of Britons polled boycott companies due to tax avoidance, says Christian Aid

Indian tax authorities accuse Cadbury of avoiding $46 million in taxes; parent company says it is fully cooperating with investigation

UK: House of Lords sub-committee says proposed tax avoidance legislation is "narrowly defined" & calls to accelerate OECD review of multinationals' taxation

Australia will require multinationals to disclose tax arrangements in effort to curb alleged tax avoidance

Barclays' "tax avoidance division" generated more than £1 billion a year according to review commissioned by company

Briefing discusses tax avoidance as a business ethics issue

France: UBS under investigation for allegedly facilitating tax avoidance; company says it is fully cooperating with authorities

UK: Google CEO defends company's tax affairs; firm was accused of "immorally" minimising tax obligations by Public Accounts Committee

UK: Independent booksellers deliver petition with 150,000 signatures asking Prime Minister to make Amazon pay corporation tax

UK: Public Accounts Committee says Deloitte, Ernst & Young, KPMG & PWC are using knowledge gained from staff seconded to the Treasury to help clients avoid tax

ActionAid launches new guide for investors on how to seek a responsible approach to corporate tax

UK: Google called back to parliament to answer tax questions after investigation challenges some of its previous evidence; company denies claims

USA: Apple under scrutiny for tax avoidance; change in tax system & customer attitudes may be needed to curtail practice, says commentary

Global Financial Integrity director explains why illicit financial flows are a human rights issue

UK: MPs ready to "haul Amazon back to parliament" for questions after investigation suggests it is "pushing the tax rulebook to its limits" - includes company comments

Google branded "devious" over UK tax arrangements by Commons public accounts committee

USA: Senators accuse Apple of "highly questionable" billion-dollar tax avoidance scheme - includes company comments

European Council leaders commit to tackle tax evasion at summit

Comment: EU plans to make large companies disclose taxes & profits on a country-by-country basis will increase transparency on tax avoidance

Head of Ireland's Catholic church urges G8 to tackle tax avoidance & says "paying a fair share of taxes" is a "moral obligation"

Italy: Dolce & Gabbana founders sentenced to prison & heavy fine for tax evasion over sale of company that avoided tax on royalties; designers to appeal ruling

UK: Starbucks pays £5 million in corporation tax following pressure from tax avoidance campaigners

USA: Google goes to court to claim tax back, despite being under scrutiny for tax avoidance

US companies accused of having many subsidiaries in Ireland to benefit from lower tax rate than US

OECD releases set of actions to modernise intl. tax system & crackdown on corporate tax avoidance

UK court exposes attempt to avoid tax on intl. ports business by Dubai-owned DP World

G20 finance ministers back OECD plans to tackle corporate tax avoidance

Report accuses Energias de Portugal (EDP) of tax avoidance through investments in Netherlands

Dutch Govt. to renegotiate tax treaties with 23 developing countries in response to criticisms of facilitating corporate tax avoidance

UK: Wonga accused of attempting to avoid tax by shifting part of business to Switzerland; payday lender denies claims

Parliamentarian says "illicit transfers" by corporations denying Tanzanians chance to improve infrastructure, education & health services

NGOs call on UK Govt. to increase transparency of company ownership to fight tax avoidance & ensure govts. can provide essential public services

Conference: "Tax Justice - A Human Rights Issue?" (Johannesburg, 21 Nov)

Tax Justice: A Human Rights Issue? [Johannesburg, 21 Nov]

Call to contribute to report on fiscal & tax policy by UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights

UK Govt. to make public registry of company owners to combat corporate tax avoidance, following NGOs' campaign

Intl. Bar Association Human Rights Institute's report addresses tax abuse from poverty & human rights law perspectives

Process of pragmatic inquiry & consensus building on corporate & govt. responsibilities in taxation needed for informed public debate, analyst says

Liberian government takes Lonestar to court alleging company liable for $19mil in taxes

Ghana to table mining windfall tax bill to parliament

Mexico: Seven multinational companies investigated over allegedly avoiding paying taxes

OECD releases new single global standard on automatic exchange of financial account information to tackle tax avoidance

Fair Tax Mark launches world's 1st independent tax accreditation scheme

Save the Children report calls on govts. & businesses to tackle tax evasion to prevent child mortality