Interesting news from Uganda, where the government announced in its latest budget that it has finished formulating its new tax treaty policy, and will be renegotiating treaties that don’t comply. Seatini and ActionAid Uganda will no doubt chalk this up as a success! The news report linked to above also states that the the government… Continue reading Visualising Uganda’s (and others’) tax treaties
In 2010, Zambian NGOs obtained a leaked copy of an audit report conducted for the Zambia Revenue Authority into Mopani Copper Mine, a subsidiary of the Swiss behemoth Glencore. I was working at ActionAid at the time, where we took an active interest in the case. The particular allegation concerning systematic transfer pricing abuse contained… Continue reading The Mopani saga and Zambia’s windfall tax: an alternative reading
On Monday the UK parliament took a total of 17 minutes to scrutinise new tax treaties with Zambia, Iceland, Germany, Japan and Belgium. I’ve complained before about how paltry these debates tend to be, and was all set for another blog along those lines. There was, indeed, much to grumble about. No questions from the… Continue reading Time we scrutinised China’s tax treaty practice, too
“Revenue is the chief preoccupation of the state. Nay more it is the state” – Edmund Burke I spent the weekend with some old friends from the development sector. One of them, it now turns out, is working for a public relations consultancy. There was an awkward moment when I explained that I was working… Continue reading Oxfam goes for the full Tanzi…but is that far enough?
January was a busy month and so this is my first blog of 2014. I didn’t intend for my comeback to be a self-promotion post, but that’s how the timing has worked out! Last year I was pleased to be able to work with the U4 anti-corruption centre in Norway on an introductory briefing on… Continue reading Tax-motivated illicit financial flows: A guide for development practitioners
Since my post last week on unitary taxation, I’ve read a couple of academic papers that give useful perspectives on some of the questions I raised. US states and unitary taxation First up, Lessons for International Tax Reform from the U.S. State Experience Under Formulary Apportionment by Kimberly Clausing. One of the concerns I raised… Continue reading Some academic thoughts on international tax reform