Serious side of Australian elections: The Federal Police nbn raid on Labor Senator Stephen Conroy's office is "unprecedented" (journalist-union slams raids) in a country proud of its non-politicised security agencies, Shadow Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus says. Raids at Election Times at Sydney Writer Festival If you care about books do not vote liberal: authors get political
Panama Papers: Canada, Sri Lanka Launch Probe OCCRP
Authorities in France, Australia, Austria and the United Kingdom, among others, have opened investigations or probes related to laundering and fraud over the past several weeks.
"We are looking into what's going on in these cases with a fine-toothed comb," she said. "If we can lay criminal charges, we will lay criminal charges.… As I've said since the beginning, nobody will be able to hide." Canada Revenue Agency scouring Panama Papers for possible tax cheats
Mapping the Panama Papers middlemen
Do wealth and status turn decent people into incorrigible brutes? An inquiry into the powerful people
SAY “PANAMA” these days and the word “papers” quickly comes to mind. Too bad. I recently visited this small Central American country and saw firsthand what is largely unknown: Panama is a huge economic success story, enjoying an average annual growth rate that’s about the best in the world in the 21st century. Things have “slowed” recently: Growth last year was a tad below 6% but is expected to be a bit above 6% this year. Unlike the numbers coming out of China these days, which are ostensibly slightly higher, Panama’s are the real deal. Its growth is still light-years ahead of that in most of the world’s countries. The Panama Papers? Here's The Real Panama Story
Harry Potter Actress Emma Watson Named In Panama Papers. She is the brightest witch of her age...
Panama Papers links Namibian lawyer to mafia ANCIR
The world’s hidden wealth Prospect. Richard Smith: “Long form must read primer for global tax havens.”
Almost lost among the many revelations is the fact that Russia’s biggest bank uses The Podesta Group as its lobbyist in Washington, D.C. Though hardly a household name, this firm is well known inside the Beltway, not least because its CEO is Tony Podesta, one of the best-connected Democratic machers in the country. He founded the firm in 1998 with his brother John, formerly chief of staff to President Bill Clinton, then counselor to President Barack Obama, Mr. Podesta is the very definition of a Democratic insider. Outsiders engage the Podestas and their well-connected lobbying firm to improve their image and get access to Democratic bigwigs.That’s from John Schindler who also notes that “Sberbank has blown off the Panama Papers revelations as nothing of consequence, but the fact that they are an arm of the Kremlin and they do plenty of shady things in many countries is a matter of record.”
Sberbank — and by extension, the Kremlin — is often in the news ...
Offshore centres hit at US ‘hypocrisy’Financial TimesOxfam stages protest against tax havens in Trafalgar Square International Business Times (John G)Panama Papers: How Jennifer Hershon checked out of Hotel CaliforniaAustralian Financial Review. Cathy Odgers was a wee bit more polite to Mossack Fonseca than she was to our Richard Smith.
'The Revolution Will Be Digitized': Panama Papers Leaker Speaks Out
Chinese dominate list of people and firms hiding money in tax havens, Panama Papers reveal
Alan Cole, If Everyone Is a Tax Haven, No One Is (Tax Policy Blog):
The European Green Party today labeled the United States a tax haven, particularly singling out the states of Arkansas, Colorado, Delaware, Indiana, Iowa, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. That’s a lot of states, places that most just consider ordinary areas in which to do business.
The Critical Question. HEY DUDE, WHERE’S MY REFUND? (Robert D. Flach)
News from the Profession. Former CPA Says He Stole From Trust, Filed False Tax Returns To Protect His Wife (TaxGrrrl)
Anti-corruption summit delivers underwhelming response to challenge set by Panama Papers
This study examines cultural differences in ordinary dishonesty between Italy and Sweden, two countries with different reputations for trustworthiness and probity. Exploiting a set of cross-cultural tax compliance experiments, we find that the average level of tax evasion (as a measure of ordinary dishonesty) does not differ significantly between Swedes and Italians. However, we also uncover differences in national “styles” of dishonesty. Specifically, while Swedes are more likely to be either completely honest or completely dishonest in their fiscal declarations, Italians are more prone to fudging (i.e., cheating by a small amount). We discuss the implications of these findings for the evolution and enforcement of honesty norms.
Tax office introduces new rules for prestige property owners
Tax incentives on charity donations 'skewed' in favour of businesses and the wealthy
Most US stock market investors don't pay taxes on gains
Panama Papers Tie Mega-Donors to Offshore Tax Loopholes
US SEC Awards More Than $5 Million to Whistleblower