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Denmark pays for Panama Papers data on own citizens

Copenhagen - The Danish tax authority said on Thursday it had paid an anonymous source almost six million kroner (0.81 million euros, $0.9 million) for leaked data from the Panama Papers on hundreds of Danes.

Germany's 'James Bond' goes on trial over tax evasion

Bochum - Germany's former top spy, Werner Mauss, went on trial Monday accused of hiding some 15 million euros from the tax authorities.

EU seeks 'clarification' from top ex-official over Bahamas link

Brussels - The EU on Thursday said it was seeking answers from Neelie Kroes, a former top competition regulator, as to why she had failed to declare an interest in a Bahamas-based firm when in office.

Amount hoarded overseas by U.S. companies hits new record in 2015

The recent fight among Apple, Ireland, and the European Union has once again shined a spotlight on the growing trend of US companies storing cash overseas to avoid taxes.

Denmark to pay for Panama Papers data on tax evaders

Copenhagen - The Danish government said on Wednesday it would pay an anonymous source for leaked data from the Panama Papers on hundreds of Danish taxpayers.

Irish cabinet agrees to appeal EU's Apple tax ruling

Dublin - Ireland's government on Friday agreed to appeal against an EU ruling ordering Apple to pay the country 13 billion euros ($15 billion) in back taxes and said parliament would be recalled early to debate the issue.

Multi-billion Apple windfall puts Ireland in unusual bind

Dublin - The European Commission's demand for Apple to pay Ireland some 13 billion euros in back taxes has put the country in the strange position of refusing the windfall for fear of scaring away valuable investment.

Apple ordered to pay record 13 bn euro Irish tax bill

Brussels - The European Union on Tuesday ordered Apple to pay a record 13 billion euros in back taxes in Ireland, saying deals allowing the US tech giant to pay almost no tax were illegal.

Stiglitz quits Panama Papers clean-up committee

Panama - Nobel prize-winning US economist Joseph Stiglitz has resigned from a committee of international experts named to help reform Panama's financial services sector after the Panama Papers scandal, the government said Friday.

Luxembourg appeals verdicts in LuxLeaks tax scandal

Luxembourg - Luxembourg has lodged an appeal against the verdicts handed down to three LuxLeaks whistleblowers who exposed the small duchy's huge tax breaks for giant multinationals, the justice department said Tuesday.

States can't fight Airbnb, so they are trying to tax it

A lot of states have come to understand that they can't completely get rid of Airbnb. However, a few states have decided to make money off of the home-sharing site by taxing it.

Tampon tax terminated in New York

On Thursday, New York became one of the handful of states to not tax menstrual products. This comes after Governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation that eliminated local and state sales taxes on them.

Spain proposes tax hike to dodge EU deficit fine

Madrid - Spain's acting Economy Minister Luis de Guindos on Tuesday proposed hiking corporate taxes to avoid a fine from the European Commission for repeatedly failing to bring government deficits into line.

Google's Madrid offices 'raided in tax probe'

Madrid - Google's offices in Madrid were being searched in a tax probe Thursday, an internal source said, just over a month after police raided the Internet giant in Paris in a similar investigation.

Hollande bullish on French economy

Paris - President Francois Hollande said he expected the French economy to perform better than expected this year and add at least 200,000 new jobs, as the deeply unpopular leader shifts into campaign mode ahead of next year's elections.

LuxLeaks whistleblowers get suspended jail sentences

Luxembourg - Two whistleblowers in the "LuxLeaks" tax scandal were given suspended jail sentences on Wednesday for leaking thousands of documents that exposed Luxembourg's huge tax breaks for major international companies.

Swiss-based IT worker at Panama Papers firm released

Geneva - A Swiss-based IT worker arrested earlier this month on suspicion of stealing documents from the law firm at the centre of the Panama Papers scandal was released from custody on Friday, his lawyer said.

'Panama Papers' firm demands prosecution of suspect in Switzerland

Panama - The law firm at the center of the "Panama Papers" scandal says it expects the prosecution of a worker from its Geneva office detained on suspicion of stealing company documents.

IT worker at Panama Papers firm arrested in Geneva: report

Geneva - An information technology worker at the Geneva office of Mossack Fonseca, the law firm at the centre of the Panama Papers scandal, has been arrested, Switzerland's Le Temps newspaper reported Wednesday.

French economy minister owes back-taxes: Media

Paris - France's Economy Minister Emmanuel Macron will have to pay back-taxes after authorities found he had undervalued a family property, two local media outlets claimed on Tuesday.

Panama Papers law firm closes Jersey, Gibraltar offices

Panama - The law firm at the heart of the Panama Papers revelations is closing its offices in the British-dependent territories of Jersey, Isle of Man and Gibraltar, it Tweeted.

Argentine president proposes amnesty for tax dodgers

Buenos Aires - Argentine President Mauricio Macri, who has been swept up in the Panama Papers controversy over offshore assets, announced plans Friday to grant amnesty to those who repatriate undeclared funds from overseas.

Mossack Fonseca to start legal action over 'Panama Papers' leak

Panama - The law firm at the center of the Panama Papers scandal says it is filing suit against the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) for the leak of information it says is false.

'Luxleaks' trial verdict on June 29: Luxembourg judge

Luxembourg - A Luxembourg judge will deliver the verdict in the trial of two whistleblowers and a journalist in the "LuxLeaks" tax scandal on June 29, he said Wednesday.

LuxLeaks prosecutors seek 18 months' jail for whistleblowers

Luxembourg - Luxembourg prosecutors on Tuesday called for two whistleblowers on trial over the "LuxLeaks" scandal to be given jail sentences of 18 months, and for a journalist to be fined.

Treasure Islands: Britain's offshore hubs

London - Prime Minister David Cameron is under pressure to demand greater transparency from Britain's overseas tax havens, which critics say help promote and support corruption.

Panama Papers is a fight between world powers, says Panama leader

Panama - The Panama Papers revealing offshore secrets of the wealthy is really the result of a behind-the-scenes fight of big global powers, Panama's president said on Monday.

Panama Papers database on shell companies goes online

Washington - The public gained its first access to the Panama Papers records of over 200,000 secret offshore companies when the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists put a searchable database up online.

Panama braces for online release of Panama Papers

Panama - The Panama Papers scandal promises to deepen around the world on Monday when a journalists' group with access to the digital cache of documents is to put many of them online.

Panama Papers showed vulnerability of whole system: Panama president

Washington - The scandal triggered by the Panama Papers leak of information on how and where the world's wealthy stash funds to avoid detection or taxes underscored many countries' vulnerabilities, President Juan Carlos Varela said Tuesday.
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