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June 2016 Podcast: Brexit, quantifying kleptocracy & why Panama Papers is tip of offshore iceberg
NZ. shake up if foreign trusts on the cards following review/
Sydney's elite paying $87k to dodge tax
Tax Office cracks down on sharing economy
I was happy to see this proposal from the Labor Party to allow state governments to collect criminal fines through the tax and welfare systems (as with HECS debts and child support), rather than jailing defaulters as at present. This was idea I put forward in a paper with Bruce Chapman, Arie Friedman and David Tait, back in 2004 (paywalled, unfortunately)
John Quiggin: A better way of collecting fines ...
Tax convictions falling as technology traps criminals
“Taxpayer Protection Program (TPP). While the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has made efforts to strengthen TPP—a program to authenticate the identities of suspicious tax return filers and prevent identity theft (IDT) refund fraud—fraudsters are still able to pass through and obtain fraudulent refunds.
IRS Should Verify Returns Before Sending Refunds, ETAAC Says (Tax Analysts, $link):
The IRS should implement procedures to reasonably verify taxpayers’ identities and withholding before releasing refunds, the Electronic Tax Administration Advisory Committee (ETAAC) recommended in its annual report, released June 21.What a novel idea. Electronic Tax Administration Advisory Committee Report
*Those who claim country-by-country reporting doesn’t provide useful information are not telling the truth*
California Raised Taxes, Economy Grew 4.1%; Kansas Lowered Taxes, Economy Grew 0.2% Washington Post Wonkblog: The Interesting Thing That Happened When Kansas Cut Taxes and California Hiked Them, by Jim Tankersley & Max Ehrenfreund:
ATO links its myDeductions app straight to your tax return
The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration has released a report titled Improvements Are Needed in Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Compliance and Processing Efforts (June 2, 2016 Reference Number: 2016-30-030), TIGTA
Michael Hatfield (University of Washington), Privacy in Taxation, 43 Fla. St. U. L. Rev. ___ (2016):
“Who is standing in the way of innovation or progress? Vertical silos. Government bureaucracy. Entrenched power networks.”
The Hill, Bush Lawyer Rips GOP for Trying to 'Intimidate' IRS:
Jack Townsend, Another Crack in Foreign Account Secrecy – UBS Delivers Singapore Affiliate Records Pursuant to IRS Summons. If hiding income in offshore banks is your tax planning strategy, it’s likely to fail.
Giant corporate entities have become so far-flung and impersonal that “human relations” departments have been created within the soulless structures to cloak the fact that there’s really nothing human about them. HRis mostly known for sending the corporate rank and file peppy motivational memos that boil down to: “The beatings will continue until morale improves.”
Introducing Glencore rapacious global lord
Robert Wood, Offshore Account FBAR Forms Are Due June 30, But Is Filing Your First Admitting A Crime? “Is filing your first FBAR admitting to a crime? Hardly, but this is a common worry.”
EU launches official one-year inquiry into Panama Papers scandal euronews
Dear Sir, thank you for your tax': HMRC starts to send 'thank you' letters to taxpayers despite keeping them on hold for four million hours
*See: Public Accounts Committee - Oral evidence: Quality of Service to Personal Taxpayers, HC 78 – Q99
Microsoft's New Plan to Avoid $9 Billion in Taxes
Tony Nitti, New Bill Would Require The Rich To Take A Drug Test In Order To Claim Tax Deductions. Based on this, we should require Congresspeople to take a drug test before they introduce bills.
Robert Gordon, the president of Twenty-First Securities Corp., is something of a guru when it comes to tax efficient investing. He writes and lectures widely on the topic, and has created the visualization below showing the likelihood of various tax outcomes depending on which political party controls the White House and Congress next year. Despite the uncertainty surrounding the November election, Gordon offers two pieces of specific advice for well off folks seeking to election proof their finances. Forbes: Tax Moves To Make For A Clinton—Or Trump—Presidency, by Janet Novack
CCH Daily, 7/6/16. Switching from a paper tax disc to an online system for collecting Vehicle Excise Duty (VED) has prompted a fall of over £200m in the amount of tax collected. The NAO stated: ‘The abolition of the paper tax disc has likely contributed to an initial increase in reporting levels of non-payment which had led to additional compliance and enforcement activity by the agency.’
On 3 June 2016, the ATO formalised its umbrella guides: LCG 2015/1 (Law Companion Guidelines: purpose, nature and role in ATO's public advice and guidance) and PCG 2016/1 (Practical Compliance Guidelines: purpose, nature and role in ATO's public advice and guidance). Play it safe with the ATO: Swim Between the Flags
David Elbert, When taxes don’t measure up. “When it comes to tax law, logic need not apply.”
Leslie Book, Tax Court Sticks to Its Guns and Holds Fraud of Preparer Can Indefinitely Extend Taxpayer’s SOL on Assessment (Procedurally Taxing):
When a taxpayer commits fraud it is black letter law that the statute of limitations (SOL) on assessment remains open indefinitely. In the last decade or so IRS has taken the fraud issue one step further, essentially arguing that a third party’s fraudulent conduct that is connected to the taxpayer’s tax return can also indefinitely extend the taxpayer’s SOL.Jack Townsend, The Tax Court Sticks to Its Allen Holding that the Taxpayer’s Fraud is not Required for § 6501(c)(1)’s Unlimited Statute of Limitations. “Finally, just a coincidence having nothing to do with the merits, Allen was decided by Judge Kroupa, who resigned from the Tax Court and was recently indicted.”
TaxGrrrl, IRS Warns On Charity Scams Following Orlando Tragedy
Queensland to spend $58 million collecting outstanding debts
The effects of size-based regulation on small firms: evidence from VAT threshold
VATT, 14/6/16. Various types of size-based regulations for firms are typical in most countries (tax schedules, accounting rules, health and safety standards etc.). However, there is only limited evidence of how owners of small firms respond to such rules, and what are the underlying mechanisms behind the observed behaviour. We study these questions by examining the effects of the value-added tax (VAT) sales threshold using tax register data on the universe of Finnish firms and their owners.
Accounting Review forthcoming. We provide new evidence on the agency theory of corporate tax avoidance by showing that increases in institutional ownership are associated with increases in tax avoidance.
WU International Taxation Research Paper Series, 2016-02. The findings show that public, not private, firms are more tax aggressive, as the effective tax rates of public firms are lower in individual and group statements.
Steep court fee rises are tax on justice, say UK MPs
Microsoft agrees secret deal with HMRC that 'allows the company to avoid £100m of UK tax'
Honesty or Dishonesty of Taxpayer Communications in an Enforcement Regime
Peter Reilly, Taxes Ogres And Onions In Gramercy Herald Square Transfer Tax Case. “There is a serious gap between people who design structures and people who actually do returns. I used to think that it must be done better when it came to nine-figure deals, but my brief term with a national firm makes me suspect otherwise.”
As Mark Steyn has written, maybe it would be easier to list which federal agency doesn’t have its own personal SWAT team?
Ex Eskom boss found guilty of fraud, money laundering
Trump reportedly didn't pay income taxes for two years during the early 90s
UHY Hacker Young, 6/6/16. Companies are becoming less aggressive as concerns over reputational damage mount.