Tax

How the U.S. Became a Top Secrecy Jurisdiction

By Richard Phillips

Sometimes, ranking near No. 1 in the world is not a badge of pride. According to the Financial Secrecy Index released by the Tax Justice Network (TJN), the United States is the second largest contributor to financial secrecy in the world, placing it in the company of infamous tax havens such as Switzerland (ranked No. 1) and the Cayman Islands (ranked No. 3). Financial secrecy is enabling people to hide income from the authorities to evade taxes or financial regulation, launder profits from crime, finance terrorism, or otherwise break the law.

As the new TJN report explains, the United States contributes more to financial secrecy in the world than any country other than Switzerland for two reasons. First, this country has the largest share (22.3 percent) of the global market for offshore financial services. Second, several U.S. states promote financial secrecy by allowing individuals to form corporations without providing any real identifying information. In some states, people who want a library card must provide more identifying information than those who want to incorporate. The result is a huge amount of money held in shell companies in the United States that cannot be traced to any individual anywhere in the world.

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New Report: U.S. the 2nd Biggest Tax Haven in the World

America Surpasses Cayman Islands, Second Only to Switzerland in Tax Justice Network’s Rankings of the World’s Largest Secrecy Jurisdictions

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The United States has become the second largest tax haven in the world, according to a new report published Tuesday by the Tax Justice Network.

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Tax Bill Threatens U.S. Jobs

Fuels Tax Haven Industry and Increases Incentives to Move Operations Offshore

WASHINGTON, D.C – Today, Congress passed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (H.R.1), and the President has indicated he will soon sign it into law. Among its many provisions, the bill changes the way in which corporations are taxed.

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U.S. Tax Plan’s Spiraling Consequences for Human Rights and Poverty – At Home and Abroad

By Niko Lusiani

As the United States Congress considers drastically altering its tax code, my organization — the Center for Economic and Social Rights (CESR) — has brought the spiraling human rights costs of the proposed U.S. tax cuts to the attention of a leading UN human rights official visiting the U.S. to look into poverty in the country.

On Dec. 1 – the morning before the U.S. Senate rushed through a lopsided and dysfunctional tax plan to unfairly benefit the top tiers of the economy while costing ordinary people within and outside the U.S. dearly — the UN Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights Philip Alston launched his official visit to the US to investigate the links between the growing phenomenon of poverty and human rights deprivations there.

In advance of his visit, we made a formal submission entitled Fiscal Impoverishment in the United States, warning that the Republican-backed tax plans would only deepen poverty and inequality within the U.S., while also enabling transnational tax abuse and undermining the ability of countries around the world to invest in human rights.

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Senate Votes to Increase Tax Avoidance, Offshore U.S. Jobs

Bipartisan Voices Agree that Senate Bill Will Increase Shifting of Production Overseas and Profits to Tax Havens

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Senate on Saturday passed its own version of the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act” — legislation that will reward offshore tax haven abuse and increase the incentive to outsource American jobs abroad, according to the Financial Accountability and Corporate Transparency (FACT) Coalition.

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Letter Opposing Senate Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA)

The Financial Accountability and Corporate Transparency Coalition (FACT Coalition) sent a letter to the Senate opposing the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, as it would create significant new tax incentives to move U.S jobs, profits, and operations overseas, while exploding the deficit.

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House Passes Bill that Offshores American Jobs and Profits

Bipartisan Voices Agree that H.R. 1 Will Increase Shifting of Production Overseas and Profits to Tax Havens

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday passed the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act” (H.R. 1) — legislation that will reward offshore tax haven abuse and increase the incentive to outsource American jobs abroad, according to the Financial Accountability and Corporate Transparency (FACT) Coalition.

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