Category Tax havens

The Paradise Papers should lead us towards a new global tax system

Last week, I published an op-ed in Danish newspaper Politiken with my colleague Saila Stausholm. I reproduce it below, liberally translated, for those interested. Given the op-ed format, it naturally has certain limitations and a certain style that differs from my usual writings on this blog – so take that into account. Here we go: The Paradise […]

ParadisePapers and guilt by association

The new leak is upon us. 13,4 million new documents from Appleby, an upscale offshore service provider headquartered in Bermuda, as well as 19 company registries have provided fodder for politicians, professionals and the public since the stories began to flood in late Sunday night. Inevitably, the headlines will tell tales of the various offshore […]

Varieties of Something

What is a tax haven really (if anything at all)? How can we classify them? And what are the existing attempts at doing so? In connection with a research project, I recently asked for your help in pointing out sources discussing different “varieties” of tax havens, i.e. what different countries “specialise” in. That fostered a series […]

Why do people evade taxes?

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 new political economy and geography of global tax information exchange

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 […]

Are American firms really more tax aggressive?

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 […]

Tempering expectations for the BahamaLeaks

Hey, ho. Another month, another exotic tax haven leak. Another political storm, another media circus, another rush to condemn. And maybe this time, it will lead to lasting change. Who knows? But my guess is the Bahama Leaks won’t quite live up to whatever hype it has attracted in its short life. There are two […]

The bark IS the bite, but ..: Why tax haven blacklists are not the answer

The OECD has been working on criteria for a tax haven blacklist. At the request of the G20 Finance Ministers, this has been a work in progress since April of this year. And the results are set to be presented at the G20 finance minister’s meeting in China next month. This morning, the FT reports that […]

Beyond the numbers: Tax haven issues outside the tax gap

Building on this write-up from last week (in Danish) on the issues posed by tax havens for Denmark, I wanted to put the main points up in English as well, as I feel they are pertinent to the wider debate on tax havens, tax evasion and so forth ongoing right now. The question that always […]