–Alexander Knox (Robert Wuhl) via Pop up Stories @ Negus/Connors Attitude to Absinthe (AA)
iNOW! began as a way to address the need – recognised by top judges – for those working with legislation to get better at reading it. ...
Traditionally, there was a view that tax Acts ‘should receive a strict construction’1. Hill J said it would be ‘a sad day’ if the rule were abandoned, as this could lead to ‘sloppy drafting’2. Kirby J disagreed, famously saying that a tax Act is ‘just another statute’3. Where are we now on this? With little fuss in 2009, the High Court confirmed that ‘tax statutes do not form a class of their own’4. It is now uncontroversial that the same rules apply to them5. The tax nature of an Act is still part of its context, but this is just one factor to be weighed in the purposive process. iTip – use normal purposive interpretation for tax Acts without automatically favouring the taxpayer or the Commissioner.
ATO's Legal Eagles: interpretation NOW! Episode 14 circa 29 July 2016 AD
"What is legal interpretation anyway?" Will Baude has this guest post at "The Volokh Conspiracy."
New Zealand foreign trusts the scandals the reforms and throat clearing from the European observers ...
HMRC uses a variety of methods to tackle serious tax frauds, including levying large penalties and initiating civil fraud investigations. But it usually reserves criminal investigations for a small number of cases due to their lengthy, expensive and uncertain nature. In March last year, the government started consultations on implementing a new corporate criminal offence for firms failing to prevent tax evasion. If enacted this will implicate advisers who have inherited clients with offshore bank accounts, Pinsent Masons head of tax Jason Collins said at the time.
HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) is exploring how it can better publicise fraud investigation outcomes and increase the impact of the sanctions it uses, in order to dispel the myth “people are getting away with tax evasion”.
If Apple paid taxes on offshore assets, it'd cover most of the U.S. education budget
The USAO SDNY announced yesterday here that a prominent New York Art Consultant, Lacy Doyle, has been indicted for one count each tax obstruction, 7212(a), and tax perjury (7206(2)), both being 3 year maximum felonies with a resulting aggregate maximum sentence of 6 years. The indictment was handed down earlier but unsealed with the announcement of the arrest yesterday. The indictment is enclosed ...
Oxfam in call for crackdown to combat money launderers using Scottish shell firms Herald Scotland. Our Richard Smith has a byline! And some related stories: Mystery as dissolved Scottish firm Childwall Systems provides armed guards in Ukrainian war zone and Fuerteventura Inter: Scots firm at centre of organised crime probe into weapons deal
“Dark money” just got a bit of light shined on it, thanks to a new search tool unveiled today by the Center for Public Integrity. The Center downloaded 850,000 forms from about 250,000 nonprofits that were recently released in electronic format by the IRS; we extracted the grant data and made $170 billion reported over five years searchable.
New search tool traces sources of ‘dark money’
Why Tax Havens Are Political and Economic Disasters
1MDB scandal prompts Singapore to shame banks engaged in money-laundering
Each year, tourists cross the plains of central Zimbabwe to sleep near the roar of Victoria Falls, track elephants, cheetahs and pangolins, and dine under the stars.
The visitors are accompanied every step of the way by John Stevens, a man who has been called “perhaps the finest guide to come out of Zimbabwe.”
And while Stevens’ safari business is very much Zimbabwean, his financial universe is a classic creation of offshore globetrotting. Stevens’ financial affairs, outlined in years of correspondence with Mossack Fonseca, the law firm at the center of the Panama Papers scandal, reveal how the poetry of Africa’s savannahs mixes with the day-to-day paper-pushing of offshore management.
Out of Africa, Into Tax Havens
A humorous starter guide as to how multinational engage in legal tax evasion, and how to tell Apple to cut it out.
We’re happy to share a rather brilliant explanation of corporate tax
“Thousands of global companies avoid paying tax. That leaves us, taxpaying citizens, to pick up the tab. So we humbly present to you The Undercurrent Guide to Legal Tax Evasion. If you’re as pissed off as we are, you can do something about it here.” (More on their #iPhone7Boycott petition below.)*Video: Guide to Legal Tax Evasion (With #iPhone7Boycott)
The son of one of Mr. Till’s killers name seems to show up in the Panama Papers. According to the Clarion Ledger, “Harvey T. Milam of Ocean Springs, whose father, J.W., shot Till in 1955, appears in” the Panama Papers. Apparently, Harvey had quite a scheme involving using off-shore insurance companies. I may actually have to do some digging around to find out more about the alleged scheme.
Emmet Till and The Panama Papers
Panama Papers reveal scale of offshore firms' African operations
Panama Papers Reveal Wide Use of Shell Companies by African Officials
Taxman calls time on Ernst & Young tax avoidance schem
Nobel-winning economist calls Apple's business practices 'fraud'
HMRC wins Project Sussex tax avoidance case
1MDB: The inside story of the world's biggest financial scam
Amazon boss becomes world's third richest man
Financial Transaction Tax on Wall Street Trading Could Raise More Than $105 Billion Annually
Christian Candy denies gifts to brother were part of tax evasion plot
Inheritance tax: how the wealthy reduce it
US Expands Real Estate Money Laundering Reporting
Australian tax accountant wins tropical island resort
Daily Caller, IRS Launches Investigation Of Clinton Foundation:
Western Europe Has World's Highest Property Taxes
Following up on my previous post, IRS Sues Facebook For Billions In Undervalued IP Assets In 2010 Irish Transfers: Bloomberg, Facebook Fails to Show Up for Seventh Tax Summons From IRS:
Ireland Revenue probes 40 'tax-neutral' companies for suspected abuse
Ireland: Reports of vulture funds using tax loophole probed
Galya Savir (Michigan), Tax Infinity & Beyond: Commercial activities in space are going to expand thanks to new game-changing technologies being developed by Space Entrepreneurs.
National Audit Office Report: HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) 2015-16 Accounts
UK Labour proposes scrapping £1bn tax relief for innovation
Fortune 500 Companies with the Most Cash in Offshore Tax Havens
US Liberal Group Wants SEC to Boost Disclosure Rules on Tax Avoidance
Don't believe Wall Street's scare stories about a financial transactions tax
HMRC contact centres urged to adopt callback services
Indonesia repatriates $30m through tax amnesty programme
Industrialist goes on trial for tax avoidance in France
Another Offshore Account Indictment