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Thursday’s Daily News Digest

What will they think of next?

Norfund buy the Code of Conduct

Governments are just not set up to invest in strategic thinking

Investments for development: derailed to tax havens

Tuesday’s Daily News Digest

Honorable Dr. Rafael Espada, Vice President of Guatemala, to Address Participants of Task Force on Financial Integrity and Economic Development Conference

Report: Investments for Development: Derailed to Tax Havens

Asserting the right to tax corporations – like Wolseley

Resources from the 2010 Annual Task Force Conference

Task Force: beneficial ownership

Watch the Conference Live from Bergen!

EU Savings Tax Directive to be repealed?

October 17, 2014

The EU Savings Tax Directive (EUSTD) has been the EU’s flagship transparency initiative since its introduction in 2003, and we have written about it on many occasions. It complements another EU transparency scheme called the Directive on Administrative Co-operation, which was beefed up this week, as the Wall St. Journal reported:

“European Union finance ministers agreed Tuesday on a far-reaching crackdown on tax evasion that will bring the bloc’s standards on par with global rules by 2017, although Austria is getting an extra year to build up a data-exchange system with its banks.”

The DAC currently covers only EU Member states, while the EUSTD is extended by agreement to cover also a range of third countries in the EU’s orbit, including Switzerland and a bunch of British (and Dutch) tax havens. Both are systems ofautomatic information exchange (AIE), the new global financial transparency standard which TJN has been fighting for for years but only came into vogue in the past couple of years. The DAC was being beefed up to accommodate the new global Common Reporting Standards (CRS) led by the OECD. The CRS is another AIE system, which we have described as a vast improvement on a bad situation – but it still has various holes.

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