It is not forbidden to dream of building a better world, which is by and large what the social sciences try to help us to do. How to make cities more harmonious, reduce crime rates, improve welfare, overcome racism, increase our wealth -- this is the stuff of social sciences. The trouble is that the findings of social sciences are often dismissed as being too theoretical, too ambitious or too unpalatable...
Gabriel Zucman, who teaches at the University of California at Berkeley, has two goals in his new book, The Hidden Wealth of Nations: to specify the costs of tax havens, and to figure out how to reduce those costs. While much of his analysis is technical, he writes with moral passion, even outrage; he sees tax havens as a “scourge.” His figures are arresting. About 8 percent of the world’s wealth, or $7.6 trillion, is held in tax havens. In 2015, Switzerland alone held $2.3 trillion in foreign wealth. Measuring how much wealth is held in tax havens
UBS: Globalisation is collapsing around us Business Insider
Media Dragon Clay Shirky’s observations on how social media have changed politics
Accenture, Jan 2016. Examines the strengths and limitations of robo-advice today, explore various options for leveraging robo-advice capabilities and explain how wealth management firms can successfully integrate robo-advice into their business models.
Carrie Miller (J.D. 2016, William & Mary), Note, Parting the Dark Money Sea: Exposing Politically Active Tax-Exempt Groups Through FEC-IRS Hybrid Enforcement, 57 Wm. & Mary L. Rev. 341 (2015)
When did American military planners start believing they could hold back a Soviet attack?
The biggest loophole of all: Having launched and led the battle against offshore tax evasion, America is now part of the problem
Shockingly, authorities arrest activists instead of people responsible for the Aliso Canyon methane gas leak Inhabitat
Tax Administration Bulletin, 2/12/2016. The Finnish Tax Administration collects value-added tax (VAT) quite successfully according to the results of an international comparison. The part of the VAT gap due to policy, i.e. due to reduced VAT rates and other public subsidies, is two times higher than the part due to uncollected VAT that taxpayers are legally required to pay.
Bloomberg: Google Isn’t Paying the ‘Google Tax’, by Jesse Drucker (Not related to Tony Ducker)
Comparing Tax Software in Search of a Painless Return
Gough Whitlam created them. Malcolm Fraser cemented them. And the move to new Parliament House multiplied them — exponentially ever since. Charting the rise and rise of the ministerial minder
Imrich Holloway listed minder attributes as:
- Fast footwork;
- Capacity for troubleshooting;
- Immediate access to the minister of a kind the public servant generally does not have; and
- Personal closeness to the minister — “a relationship of trust, and savvy about the political, media and parliamentary environments”.
Public servants told to keep calm and call the cops
Robert Boylan et al., Implications of Recent Federal Personal Income Tax Increases for Income Tax Evasion, Tax Revenues, and Budget Deficits, 6 Wm. & Mary Pol'y Rev. 93 (2014)