Edition 61: January ’17

In the January 2017 Tax Justice Network podcast: We look at efforts to hit tax dodging companies where it really hurts on a local level – trying to stop them bidding for public money for public contracts. Also, how massive amounts of money are flowing into Tax Haven USA to circumvent the flawed Common Reporting Standard – South Dakota is apparently raking in tax evading capital. We discuss the slippery world of ‘residence planning’ and the ‘synthetic residency’ dodge. Plus, we discuss the UK’s Criminal Finances Bill likely to be passed this year, which includes proposals for ‘Unexplained Wealth Orders’ and holding tax evading enablers to account. An amendment to the bill could force UK satellite tax havens, the overseas territories to create public registers of the real owners of companies, something they’ve so far refused to do. And finally, we consider the British threat to the EU ‘if you give us a bad Brexit deal, we’ll push regulation-lite, tax haven UK even further in a race to the bottom.’

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