In this post, I will look at what existing academic literature has to offer on questions of tax evasion and tax morale, in particular: Why do people evade taxes? And I’ll zoom in on how recent contributions adds to this scholarship.

The OECD has recently released information on the two most important recent global networks of global tax information exchange. They are, respectively, the networks of exchange of country-by-country reporting (CBCR) and exchange of financial account information (through the Common Reporting Standard, CRS). These networks give a unique look into the new political economy and geography of […]

My last attempt at a review of recent academic literature on a corporate tax income topic was well-received, so here’s round two in the “Are firms really…?” series. This time, I’ll take a look at another paper out of Oxford University in the context of an existing body of literature. Here, we are looking at […]

Are multinational groups headquartered in the United States more aggressive in their tax planning compared to non-US competitors? That is, at least, a very popular strapline in tax circles. Negative media stories about the tax affairs of major US firms such as Apple, Amazon and Starbucks are often described as contributing factors to the OECD/G20 […]

International tax cooperation is hard. Especially when it challenges national sovereignty. Sovereignty is close to heart for politicians. Taxation remains a cornerstone of the nation-state and of the social contract. Governments are not liable to relinquish absolute authority on tax matters. So, at least, the story goes. Indeed, the reality – and the associated perception – of taxation […]

Are taxes on corporations business costs or intra-economy transfers? This is a oft-discussed question in debates about corporation taxes – academic, political as well as layman debates. And it is one with significant implications for tax policy. This blog is here to say: Both. Possibly. But mostly a transfer. The fiscal coin and taxes as […]

Since the first number value systems were invented around 3400 BC, numbers have played a central role in human society. Arguably, though, they have never been more important than they are today. We fiend for data, quantities, statistics and numbers to an astounding degree. We live in an almost fetishised data-heavy society. This applies to the tax […]