The square-mile City of London for instance is left essentially ungoverned by mainstream UK political interests due to historical quirks, and government has effectively been captured by the finance industry. In the tax rules were twisted to let those resident but not domiciled in England escape tax on their worldwide income - they would only be taxed on what was actually earned in Britain. Here is an excerpt. You have your eyebrows on the dome of your head from time to time.
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The company would sell its crude oil cheap to a nichooas affiliate registered in zero-tax Panama or Liberia, which in turn sold it on at nearly retail price to its refineries and marketing outlets.
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Treasure Islands: Tax Havens and the Men Who Stole the World by Nicholas Shaxson
Simply, the threat to scarper offshore if too many displeasing measures are inflicted. It's not just some naughty old aristocratic white guys and some dodgy corporations hiding some tax dollars, treaasure a huge, complex, worldwide system of sanctioned corruption that keeps the rich rich, the poor poor and the bankers busy. And if the predators leave their earnings offshore they can defer tax on them indefinitely. This contains a cross-post ispands a blog I wrote for the Tax Justice Network recently, with islabds same headline.
Lists with This Book. He's lit his bonfire of the vanities and poured liquid anger on the blaze. They owned the entire supply chain: Over half of all banking assets and third of foreign direct investment by multinationals are routed offshore.
This book shows how little this vision reflects the real power balances, and how tiny a place the world has become for its cosmopolitan elites. Shaxson turns that conception on its head.
Treasure Islands: Tax Havens and the men who stole the world | A book by Nicholas Shaxson
The diagnosis is awful, the prognosis alarming: American bankers soon realised that if this strange new market in London was free of US banking laws and started using London banks instead. Threads collapsed expanded unthreaded. Thanks for telling us about the problem. However, while putting together all this wealth of information there's a is,ands of bias about how the information is presented.
Treasure Islands: Uncovering the Damage of Offshore Banking and Tax Havens
Why trouble yourself about a little buried treasure on one little island with only a few corpses on a dead man's treasure chest when the islqnds outflows of entire countries or industries can be redirected? Me too Posted by: All the levers close to hand. In the multinational's US head office? So essentially the book reads like this: The American banker could sit in Manhattan office and open a new set of books and operate as if he was a branch in Nassau and operate under Nassau regulations.
Prioritise "leadership and unilateral action"?
It is the clearest explanation of the sickness and corruption at the heart of contemporary capitalism, and Britain, especially the City of London, is the main culprit. However, Britain has just left the EU and whilst the majority of out voters were driven by opposition to immigration the people leading the campaign are driven by making offshore even more welcome, cutting taxes, loosening laws and regulations and further liberalising the financial sector so we are about to enter a world of shit.
Absolutely essential reading if you want to understand the way the world works today, and why capitalism and liberal democracy is falling apart. How to crack down on tax havens — my article in Foreign Affairs Posted by: The rise of American offshore environments such as Delaware, Miami, and Nevada, set up so that we do not also miss out on the rewards of "hot money" someone has to pay for shaxon of those condos on Billionaire's Row Many have surprisingly deep roots, such as the colonial history of the term "non-dom": Corrupt Argentine politician parks money in Switzerland or a Carribean haven.
A final theme nicholad in the book is the devastating effects of the offshore system on poor countries.
By allowing global elites to avoid their taxes, they further the gap between rich and poor. He also explains how "offshore" and the threat of capital flight are used to bully nations into deregulating their financial systems.