Following the Paradise Papers revelations, the European Parliament decided today to establish a new special committee on tax fraud, tax evasion, money laundering, tax avoidance and aggressive tax planning.
EU finance ministers have decided today to remove eight countries from the EU’s blacklist for tax havens, rushing to take countries off the blacklist without it being clear what they have actually committed to improve.
The European Commission has today opened a state aid probe into the tax affairs of furniture giant Ikea with the Netherlands. This new case shows Europe still has to put its own house in order when it comes to ending tax havens within the EU.
EU finance ministers have today adopted the first EU blacklist of tax havens. The list includes 17 mostly small countries.
The upcoming EU tax haven blacklist has to include at least 35 countries, including notorious tax havens such as Switzerland and Bermuda, in order to be effective, Oxfam finds in a new report published today. The analysis also shows that at least 4 EU countries would be blacklisted if the EU were to apply its own criteria to member states.
Tax havens deprive countries and their citizens of hundreds of billions of dollars, fuelling inequality and poverty. An EU blacklist of tax havens could help tackle that scandal. This interactive map shows the 35 countries that Europe should blacklist, plus 4 EU member states that also fail the the EU's own blacklisting criteria.
The EU will soon release a blacklist of tax havens operating outside the EU, and issue penalties for those appearing on it. This report shows what a robust blacklist would look like if the EU were to objectively apply its own criteria and not bow to political pressure.
Following the release of data on thousands of companies and individuals registered with Appleby, the law firm at the heart of the Paradise Papers scandal, Susana Ruiz, Oxfam’s policy advisor on tax
At the meeting of the European Council in Tallinn today France, Germany, Italy and Spain called for an agreement on new measures to tax tech giants, like Google and Amazon. Currently, disparate tax laws allow large companies to pay disproportionately low effective tax rates in the EU.
Since 2015 all banks based in the European Union have been obliged to publicly report their profits and tax on a country-by-country basis. This report showcases research by Oxfam that uses this new transparency data in depth for the first time to illustrate the extent to which the top 20 EU banks are using tax havens.