Paradise Papers

Pelin Ünker, a Turkish journalist who participated in the Paradise Papers revelations in November 2017, was sentenced on Tuesday to 13 months in prison for “insulting and defaming” former Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim by revealing that he and his two sons used tax optimisation schemes to hide their wealth in offshore tax havens. The […]

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Welcome news from Azerbaijan Unusually, there were two pieces of good news regarding Azerbaijan in January. The first of these was the dropping of politically-motivated assault charges against jailed IFEX member Mehman Huseynov. This followed a wave of national and international outrage, protests by IFEX members and European institutions, demonstrations on the streets of Baku […]

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OTTAWA — Canadian tax authorities have launched roughly 100 audits into taxpayers named in the Paradise Papers offshore tax leak, according to documents tabled in Parliament. The Canada Revenue Agency said it has identified 3,000 people or corporations with “links” to the Paradise Papers database, revealed in Canada by a joint Toronto Star-CBC investigation. While […]

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OTTAWA — Canadian tax authorities have launched roughly 100 audits into taxpayers named in the Paradise Papers offshore tax leak, according to documents tabled in Parliament. The Canada Revenue Agency said it has identified 3,000 people or corporations with “links” to the Paradise Papers database, revealed in Canada by a joint Toronto Star-CBC investigation. While […]

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In November 2017, the CRA said they had 990 audits and 42 criminal investigations into offshore “financial structures” underway. On Tuesday, CRA Minister Diane Lebouthillier said there are currently 50 ongoing criminal investigations related to offshore tax evasion. “We have hired over 1,300 auditors and have over 50 ongoing criminal investigations related to offshore tax […]

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Sir James Dyson, Mike Ashley and the Coates family enjoyed momentary respite yesterday after appearing in the top 50 taxpayers list. Following a few turbulent weeks in which prominent Brexiteer Dyson shafted Britain by moving his company’s headquarters to Singapore and Sports Direct owner Ashley shafted the city of Newcastle by skirting on transfer funds again the […]

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For the third year running, the top seven countries in the Corruption Perceptions Index 2018 consist of the four Nordic nations – Denmark, Finland, Sweden and Norway – plus New Zealand, Singapore and Switzerland. All score between 84 and 88 points out of 100 on the index.     While no country gets full marks on the CPI, the top performing countries have several democratic attributes in common that contribute to their high scores. This includes strong institutions, […]

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Others on the list included Sir James Dyson, Mike Ashley and the Beckham family. Easyjet founder and owner Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou (£20.7 million), the Warburton family who own the eponymous baking firm (£14.5 million), and the Arora family behind BM Stores (£25.6 million) are also on the inaugural Sunday Times Tax List. The paper’s rundown […]

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British Liberal Democrats leader Sir Vince Cable has again brought up the concept of instituting direct rule over the British Overseas Territories, asking the Minister whether he agrees that if the Territories “will not reform we should resort to the sanction of direct rule.” This is not the first time the British politician has mentioned […]

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The past 10 days have been a dizzying news cycle, from the temporary end of the partial government shutdown to the Roger Stone indictment. But little media attention has focused on what, in my view, is the largest story:  the misuse of a major white-shoe law firm by a foreign government aligned with the Kremlin. Part of what […]

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by Luke Andrews, 28 January 2019 The Belgian Gambling Commission (BGC), Kansspelcommissie, has launched sanction proceedings into Betway after a year-long investigation has found financial transparency failures relating to corporate ownership structures. Proceedings have been opened but Betway will have time to respond to the charges before further action is taken. © Pexels. The investigation […]

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