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Luxembourg ‘made 172 secret tax deals’ with companies in year after LuxLeaks

Luxembourg struck 172 secret tax deals in the year after the LuxLeaks scandal first exposed the prevalence of agreements made between the government and multinational corporations, new research published today … Continue reading

December 6, 2016 · Leave a comment

Moscovici: Trump’s US could be tax haven blacklisted

EXCLUSIVE / The EU’s tax haven blacklist is taking shape, as the European Commission uses the momentum generated by the LuxLeaks and Panama Papers scandals. Tax Commissioner Pierre Moscovici did not … Continue reading

November 12, 2016 · Leave a comment

Apple tax clawback violates Irish sovereignty, claims Dublin

The European Commission today (30 August) hit Apple with a €13 billion clawback of unpaid taxes in Ireland, but Dublin branded the move a violation of its sovereignty and both … Continue reading

September 2, 2016 · Leave a comment

Juncker backs forcing multinational companies to publish their tax bills

EXCLUSIVE / European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker supports forcing multinational companies like Google, Amazon, and Apple to publish the profits they make and the taxes they pay in each EU country they … Continue reading

January 31, 2016 · Leave a comment

Germany second only to Luxembourg in money laundering risk, says report

Germany’s secretive financial sector is second only to Luxembourg in its vulnerability to money laundering, and is one of the worst member states for tax dodging, according to an analysis of … Continue reading

November 3, 2015 · Leave a comment

Grumpy Juncker: ‘Call it EUleaks, not Luxleaks!’

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker today (17 September) gave MEPs an occasionally short-tempered defence of his alleged role in the Luxleaks tax scandal. Juncker was appearing before the European Parliament’s Special … Continue reading

September 17, 2015 · Leave a comment

Google, Amazon and Apple less transparent than Gazprom, says report

Google, Amazon, and Apple are among the least transparent multinationals in the world, worse than Russian state-owned energy companies Gazprom, and Rosneft, according to a report published today (5 November) by … Continue reading

November 16, 2014 · Leave a comment

EU tax treaties draining developing countries

Spain negotiated the largest rate reductions in its tax treaties with developing countries, out of 15 EU nations scrutinised for their record on international tax-dodging in the wake of the … Continue reading

November 16, 2014 · Leave a comment

Malta keeping tax loophole open after Sweden drops opposition

Malta is the only member state stopping a tax loophole costing billions of euros being closed, after Sweden dropped its opposition to a EU finance ministers’ agreement to stop multinational … Continue reading

November 5, 2014 · Leave a comment

Sweden slammed for keeping EU tax loophole open

Sweden came under fire Wednesday (7 May) for blocking a political agreement among EU finance ministers that would allow the closing of a loophole costing European taxpayers millions ofeuros. Campaigners called for … Continue reading

November 5, 2014 · Leave a comment

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