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  • What is Paradise?

    On Sunday 5 November the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) published new revelations about tax evasion and avoidance schemes. These revelations seem to be even more significant than the Panama Papers and Lux Leaks. The moniker they have bestowed on these leaks is Paradise Papers. Journalists have promised that this time the focus will…

  • Public Tax Reporting – Panacea or scapegoat?

    The leak of the Panama Papers intensifies the debate on tax fairness and actions individuals and companies take to avoid taxes. Although, unlike tax evasion, tax avoidance is legal, policy makers are now looking how to prevent companies from avoiding taxes by stalling their money in tax havens. The European Parliament is seeking to establish…

  • FTI Consulting EU 2016 Outlook

    The EU is going through something of an existential crisis and 2016 will arguably be the most critical year in its history. Challenges range from refugees and migration to the Brexit referendum and growing anti-EU sentiment and populism in many member states. At the same issues like tax, the Digital Single Market, the circular economy…

  • Strasbourg Diary #4: part 2 – Besides Brexit…

    …there were other items on the Strasbourg agenda too! Here are a few quick summaries on the other key discussions that took place in Strasbourg. Anti-Tax Avoidance Package Tuesday: The European Parliament held a lively debate on the long awaited Anti-Tax Avoidance Package (ATAP) that the European Commission presented last week. The package, the Commission’s…

  • Tax – is Europe leading by example?

    As Europe slowly pulled itself out of the economic and financial crisis, European governments’ attention turned to focus, inter alia, on the need to conserve resources to boost Member States’ budgets and address perceived inequalities in the single market. Within this context – and driven by public and NGO concern – the spotlight turned on…

  • Are Member States up for their fiscal revolution?

    “At the heart of every major political upheaval lies a fiscal revolution,” said Thomas Piketty in his groundbreaking Capital in the Twenty-First Century. Indeed, the Ancien Régime was eradicated in France by abolishing fiscal privileges of the social elites and led to the establishment of a much-needed modern system of taxation. Today, the rules for…

  • Tsipras is right where he wanted to be

    On Thursday 18 June, yet another Eurogroup meeting ended in disappointment, as Greece and its international creditors failed to converge towards a deal that would boost confidence in international markets and end growing speculation that Greece is headed towards the notorious “Grexit” door. Considering that all previous crunch meetings with the SY.RIZ.A government went down…

  • Tax transparency: a means to an end?

                      Today’s corporate tax rules are fiendishly complicated and both governments and businesses alike would benefit from a simpler, more transparent system. For decades, governments globally have aggressively courted foreign investment for its benefits in terms of future job creation and economic growth. Tax incentives are one…

  • Towards a Global Corporate Tax Overhaul

    At the G20 Summit on 15-16 November 2014 political leaders reiterated their determination to address base erosion and profit shifting by corporates, with the objective of re-establishing the integrity and fairness of international tax rules. Leaders made considerable progress in tackling harmful tax practices which will result in concrete changes of national tax systems in…

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