Corporations and off-shore havens

The taxman gives big corporations a break

The Guardian, July 23 2002

The two thousand largest corporations in Britain are being allowed to cut corners in tax law and to escape Inland Revenue penalties as part of the government's efforts to produce a business-friendly environment.

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How the Inland Revenue helps corporations avoid tax

The Guardian, July 23 2002

Imagine a gamekeeper sending a letter to the local poachers, telling them that, in future, he would like to support their activities: he would trust them not to shoot the pheasants and he would invite them to regular meetings so that he could take their advice on how he should handle them and, in the meantime, he would ask his staff to consider the genuine needs of poachers alongside those of the...

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The weakness of the Inland Revenue

The Guardian, July 24 2002

November 1996. Budget day.   The chancellor of the exchequer, Kenneth Clarke, is in bullish mood. He is going to crack down on tax fraud and tax loopholes, he says. And, in particular, he is going to crack down on big businesses which cheat the Inland Revenue. "Tax experts will be redeployed to investigate even more rigorously how some big, sophisticated companies seem to pay so little tax," he...

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The Inland Revenue conceals the evidence of its failure

The Guardian, October 17 2002

There is the smell of scandal in the Inland Revenue. Two scandals, in fact.
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Swiss bankers - a law unto themselves

The Guardian, February 5 2009

Critics of Switzerland would say that the country and its banks are running an anti-social enterprise, in effect picking billions of dollars a year out of the pockets of others. It was the spectre of Switzerland that Britain's prime minister, Gordon Brown, sought to raise in parliament yesterday as he attempted to assure critics that he was doing something positive against tax avoidance.

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Blowing the whistle on the Caymans

The Guardian, February 12 2009

A hoard of banking files from the Caymans - one of the most secretive British tax havens - is being supplied to the US authorities by a whistleblower who claims they detail worldwide tax avoidance.

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Inside the Carlyle Group's secretive off-shore fund

The Guardian, February 12 2009

One of the more fascinating sets of records disclosed by Elmer is, he says, the confidential investor list of an offshore fund run by the Carlyle Group.

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Tax havens face threat of real sanctions

The Guardian, March 2 2009

Offshore havens who refuse to hand over information on tax dodgers face an unprecedented campaign of economic sanctions by the world's most powerful countries.

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The Swiss finally move on tax secrecy

The Guardian, March 13 2009

Switzerland's decision today to play by international tax rules is the result of a great deal of political arm-twisting aided by the sting of scandal.

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