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Corruption is rife, but authorities aren’t far behind

Thursday 26th January 2017

Global tax fraud is driving up suspicions of corruption, if the latest report from Transparency International is to be believed. According to the watchdog’s 2016 Corruption Perceptions Index – which gives a lower score for countries which are seen as more corrupt – there were more falling scores than rising ones when compared to 2015. The… [continue reading]

Don’t rely on a Presidential pardon

Monday 23rd January 2017

The political field in the US has certainly dominated headlines for many obvious reasons. What was interesting as Barack Obama’s reign ended were the number of last minute decisions he made, in particular, the Presidential pardon of Willie McCovey. Historical tax evasion For those unaware of the history, the ex-San Francisco Giants baseball player was charged with… [continue reading]

Why not all taxes are as clear as daylight

Thursday 19th January 2017

When relocating across borders there are numerous cultural differences to consider: from simple nuances such as gestures that can inadvertently be offensive to variances in acceptable business etiquette. While being unaware of some of these can result in slightly embarrassing situations, there are some differences that can have rather hefty implications, particularly when it comes… [continue reading]

Tax drive in Afghanistan demonstrates global sentiment

Monday 16th January 2017

When you think of Afghanistan it’s likely that the on-going conflict facing the country will be front of mind. Very few would arguably consider the potential tax minefield that many face here as the government attempts to tackle its vast fiscal deficit. But that’s exactly what has made the news recently. A tax drive in… [continue reading]

Chairs become weapons in the fight against tax evasion

Thursday 12th January 2017

The clampdown on tax evasion has, in the past, had some rather bizarre examples (just check out our blog on Santa getting caught red-handed, for example) but the latest report perhaps tops those we’ve already shared. Chairs versus Tax Evasion In France, objections against BNP, one of the world’s largest banks, have seen protests from… [continue reading]

Six hour work days, extended lunches and no emails after work

Tuesday 10th January 2017

Sweden has trialled six hour work days with care staff at a nursing home in an attempt to improve staff happiness, health and patient care, with rather mixed results. The experiment saw 68 nurses have their shifts cut down to six hours for a two year period, without a drop in their pay and required the… [continue reading]

It’s a small world after all – the impact of the Common Reporting Standard

Friday 6th January 2017

The world is getting smaller. Not literally of course, but for those seeking to hide money in global tax havens, the options are certainly shrinking. As we’ve previously highlighted, the introduction of the Common Reporting Standard – which over 100 states have already signed up to – will see greater tax information sharing across borders…. [continue reading]

An Uber tax mess

Wednesday 4th January 2017

Uber is certainly having a rough time across Europe of late. In the UK, a landmark ruling dismissed the company’s claims that its drivers are self-employed, instead highlighting that they are workers for Uber. This in turn will have implications on the tax the firm pays. Questions are now being asked of the amount of… [continue reading]