Thursday, November 11, 2021

It’s as if the government want to open the floodgates to corruption

Portugal Makes It Illegal For Your Boss To Text You After Work

It’s as if the government want to open the floodgates to corruption

As Politico reports this morning: As the prime minister returns to Westminster, the news is quickly moving on to a remarkable attempt by Downing Street
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As COVID-19 disruption drains government budgets around the world, a major international tax avoidance operation has collected nearly $US300 million ($405 million) in otherwise lost revenue across Asia.

The latest anti-evasion results from Tax Inspectors Without Borders, a joint program run by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development and the United Nations, collected about $US3.9 billion ($5.2 billion) around the world, including nearly $US1 billion ($1.35 billion) in revenue in Africa

Australia could stand to gain as much as $3 billion in extra tax revenue per year, and the report said the need for assistance for developing countries could change through the reforms.

Here, the ATO’s tax avoidance taskforce raised $3.03 billion in tax liabilities and almost $1.3 billion in cash collections last financial year.

Another $121 million in liabilities and $145 million in cash was raised by the serious financial crime taskforce. The black economy program collected $736.2 million in liabilities and an estimated $534.7 million in cash.

International tax avoidance operations collect an extra $5 billion

The American Prospect:  The Media Got the Billionaires Income Tax Wrong, by John R. Brooks (Georgetown; Google Scholar), David Gamage (Indiana; Google Scholar) & Ari Glogower (Ohio State; Google Scholar):

American ProspectDespite the media framing, a tax on billionaires’ investment income is not novel, unworkable, unconstitutional, or divisive.

Last week, to pay for the priorities in the Build Back Better agenda, Senate Democrats proposed a “billionaires income tax,” which would require billionaires to report and pay tax on their investment gains—the primary source of their income. The reform would have closed one of the most glaring loopholes in our tax law, one that allows the richest Americans to live unimaginably lavish lifestyles without ever paying income tax.

Rather than focusing on these benefits, however, the press coverage centered on a litany of objections. Journalists framed the billionaires income tax as probably unworkable (Reuters), presumptively unconstitutional (Time), and a novel or even radical departure from the income tax as we know it (The New York Times and Fortune, respectively). Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) branded it “divisive”—a characterization reported uncritically across many sources.

Douglas C. Michael (Kentucky), The Guardians of the New Internal Revenue Code, 25 Fla. Tax Rev. ___ (2022):

Florida Tax Review (2022)The proliferation of electronic filing (e-filing) of income tax returns creates new problems and opportunities for the regulation of the tax return preparation industry. Now that e-filing is universal, the rules of the law are, for many taxpayers, the code of the tax software, not in the Internal Revenue Code. The natural consequences of universal e-filing are unremitting complexity in a tax code which is also used to deliver social benefits in the form of tax credits. This, combined with the political pariah status of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), makes it imperative that the IRS work with the tax return preparers to ensure that their products are safe and accurate. 

Nam Presents Just Taxation Of Crime: Should The Commission Of Crime Change One’s Tax Liability? Today At Loyola-L.A.

Police believe criminal gangs are stealing luxury cars to facilitate “serious crimes” after a number of vehicles were stolen from Sydney’s north in the past three weeks

Criminal groups squad commander, Detective Superintendent Grant Taylor, said police had previously seized more than 40 luxury stolen cars allegedly used in organised crime across Sydney, including in the failed plot to murder Ibrahem Hamze in North Sydney in September.

Underworld gangs allegedly stealing luxury cars in Sydney’s north

Hackers have breached organizations in defense and other sensitive sectors, security firm says
Source: CNN

Suspected foreign hackers have breached nine organizations in the defense, energy, health care, technology and education sectors — and at least one of those organizations is in the US, according to findings that security firm Palo Alto Networks shared exclusively with CNN. With the help of the National Security Agency, cybersecurity researchers are exposing an ongoing effort by these unidentified hackers to steal key data from US defense contractors and other sensitive targets.

Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, November 7, 2021 – Privacy and security issues impact every aspect of our lives – home, work, travel, education, health and medical records – to name but a few. On a weekly basis Pete Weiss highlights articles and information that focus on the increasingly complex and wide ranging ways technology is used to compromise and diminish our privacy and security, often without our situational awareness. Four highlights from this week: The U.S. Blacklists Makers of Cops’ Favorite iPhone Hacking Tool; 10 Privacy Settings Every Amazon User Should Enable Right Now; Experts Sound Alarm On ‘Stalkerware,’ Which Can Easily Be Downloaded On Your Phone Without You Knowing; and A Drone Tried to Disrupt the Power Grid. It Won’t Be the Last

HRDrive - Is remote work monitoring legal? – “”There is no question the better approach is to provide notice, but it would be incorrect to say that it is an absolute requirement in every case,” Fox Rothschild’s Mark McCreary said…”

Lessig, Lawrence, The First Amendment Does Not Protect Replicants (September 10, 2021). Social Media and Democracy (Lee Bollinger & Geoffrey Stone, eds., Oxford 2022), Forthcoming, Harvard Public Law Working Paper No. 21-34, Available at SSRN: or 

“As the semantic capability of computer systems increases, the law should resolve clearly whether the First Amendment protects machine speech. This essay argues it should not be read to reach sufficiently sophisticated — “replicant” — speech.”

The Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach are on the frontlines of the shipping crisis

Yahoo News – We chartered a boat with a logistics expert to look at port congestion up close and saw how American greed is leading to shortages and empty shelves…The combined Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach are the largest on the West Coast and among the closest to Asia, making them the ideal destination for the behemoth container ships that once offered timely and cost-effective ocean shipping…”I blame 150 years of supply chain optimization,” Nathan Strang, Flexport’s director of ocean trade lane management, told Insider of why ships are still steaming towards Los Angeles and Long Beach. “It’s a sign of their success, that’s causing the congestion.”

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