Martin Hearson

The UK government adopted tax campaigners’ rhetoric at the G8, but much of the status quo remains intact.

Martin Hearson argues that while David Cameron will receive a significant political boost from the media portrayal of his global leadership on tax evasion, nothing agreed at the G8 is in itself likely to make a big difference to tax haven secrecy or to developing countries. Importantly, there were no commitments on public registers for beneficial ownership. The Enough Food for Everyone […]

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Clamping down on Google’s tax avoidance: don’t hold your breath

Outrage over tax avoidance has bubbled up this week with the visit of Google’s executive chairman Eric Schmidt to the UK. The crucial agreement that has brought criticism of Google is that the sale of a product over the internet is treated just like the sale of its physical equivalent, and therefore taxed in the country where the company is […]

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