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US, other wealthy countries block UN efforts to fight tax evasion

Leaders in the United States and elsewhere love to complain about international tax evasion. Millionaires and billionaires, they often argue, avoiding their tax bills. Turns out when it comes to action, however, government leaders are all talk.

Walmart accused of avoiding billions of dollars in tax

Walmart accused of systematically routing profits through tax havens such as Luxembourg, in order to reduce their tax liabilities.

Giant Swiss bank to plead guilty to U.S. criminal charges

Washington - Worldwide banking giant Credit Suisse Group is expected to plead guilty Monday to criminal charges connected to efforts to enable high-income Americans avoid U.S. taxes.

'Ai Weiwei: The Fake Case' looks at the human behind the artist Special

'Ai Weiwei: The Fake Case' is a new documentary tracing the Chinese artist’s life post-incarceration. Its filmmaker says you don’t have to love Ai’s art to appreciate the story of a human being facing incredible odds.

Spanish opera singer Montserrat Caballé caught for tax evasion

Barcelona - Montserrat Caballé, the Spanish operatic soprano famous worldwide for singing "Barcelona" with Freddie Mercury back in the 1980s, has been charged with tax evasion to the tune of more than half a million euros by Spanish authorities.

No jail time for Beanie Babies creator Ty Wilson

Ty Warner, the billionaire creator of Beanie Babies toys, pleaded guilty to tax evasion in October, but on Tuesday it was announced that he won't serve any prison time for hiding millions of dollars in secret Swiss bank accounts to evade taxes.

Swiss banker wanted by US for helping tax evaders nabbed in Italy

Bologna - Wanted in the USA for allegedly helping wealthy Americans hide €15 billion ($20 billion) from their local taxman, the former top banker was found hiding away in style in a luxury hotel in Bologna.

Dolce and Gabbana sentenced to jail for tax evasion

Italian fashion designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana have been sentenced to jail in Italy for one year and eight months for tax evasion. They were accused of hiding millions of euros from Italian tax authorities.

Op-Ed: The ongoing tax crusade against Google

The powers-that-be in the UK are continuing their crusade against Google, but this is the thin edge of a very broad wedge, as others are beginning to realise.

Op-Ed: Apple’s tax evasion disguised under economies of agglomeration

Disguised under the economies of agglomeration, giant corporations are having all the chances to evade its taxes by creating subsidiaries in low-tax countries – sidestepping income taxes.

Swiss government weakens bank secrecy to give US officials info

The Swiss government is reportedly going to allow banks in the nation to share some information with U.S. authorities. U.S. officials want to determine which Americans are using offshore bank accounts to hide their money and avoid taxes.

Lauryn Hill sentenced to 3 months in prison for tax evasion

Singer Lauryn Hill has been sentenced to a three month prison sentence for tax evasion. The Grammy winning former member of the Fugees must report to prison by July 8 for her failure to pay income taxes for three years.

Grammy-winning Lauryn Hill has two weeks to pay $500,000 tax bill

Newark - Eight-time Grammy-winning singer Lauryn Hill has two weeks to pay $504,000 in back taxes, if she doesn't she faces a potential three years in prison for tax evasion, a federal judge in Newark, New Jersey said Monday afternoon.

Wesley Snipes released from federal prison

In case you've been wondering why Wesley Snipes hasn't appeared in any movies lately, he's been in jail for tax evasion, but has finally been released.

Gerard Depardieu to renounce French citizenship over tax row

French film-star Gerard Depardieu has been the butt of criticism over the last week, after announcing his intention to move just over the border to Belgium, where rich residents do not pay wealth tax. Depardieu now plans to renounce French citizenship.

George Papandreou denies mother Margaret is on Lagarde List

Former Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou has denied claims that his 89-year-old mother is named on the infamous Lagarde List. His denial follows reports that Margaret Papandreou is being investigated by the Financial Crimes squad.

Italian court sentences former PM Berlusconi to 4 years in prison

An Italian court handed down its verdict against former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi and 10 others in a six-year-old tax fraud trial. Berlusconi will serve four years in prison, the Milan court announced.

Game changer — Whistleblower gets $104 million reward from IRS

New York - Forget politics, real regulatory reform now has some big numbers on its side. Jailed banker Bradley Birkenfeld is to receive a $104 million payout for information which exposed the Swiss bank UBS and caused a panic among wealthy tax evaders.

The death of Rev. Sun Myung Moon: The man who turned down Jesus

The self-styled “messiah,” Rev. Sun Myung Moon, founder of the Unification Church who believed Jesus Christ appeared to him at age 15 to ask him to complete the work that he left undone, has died at the age of 92.

German State buys Swiss bank data to track tax evaders

Berne - Swiss bank accounts are often used by tax evaders. The German State of North Rhine-Westphalia has bought a CD with information about wealthy Germans who are clients of the Zurich branch of Coutts the private banking arm of the Royal Bank of Scotland.

IRS targeted Lauryn Hill because she's famous, lawyer says

Newark - Five-time Grammy-Award winning singer Lauryn Hill, has been targeted for tax evasion by the federal government because she's a celebrity, her lawyer said Friday.

'End of the world prophet' found guilty of tax evasion

Covington - Self proclaimed doomsday prophet Ronald Weinland was found guilty this month of federal tax evasion. The preacher reportedly attempted to use his belief in the end of the world as part of his defense.

Op-Ed: Should Jimmy Carr pay more tax?

The comedian Jimmy Carr has come under fire from no less than Britain's Prime Minister for his aggressive tax avoidance, but this time, David Cameron is barking up the wrong tree.

Review: 'The Truth About Tax' or bashing big business? Special

On Monday night, the BBC's 'Panorama' programme featured an hour long investigation into how hundreds of big companies avoid paying their fair share of tax, but are they really the bad guys?

Food importer jailed for six years for labeling garlic as apples

Dublin - An Irish food importer has been jailed for six years for a garlic scam which involved labeling Chinese garlic as apples, in order to evade the very high import duty on garlic. The scam enabled the importer to evade tax due on the garlic.

Op-Ed: Money Laundering in A Changed World

Banks have been effectively transformed into law enforcement agencies, responsible to verify both the identities of their (foreign) clients and the source and origin of their funds.

US Uncut Arkansas: Living and 'undead' protest tax dodgers Special

US Uncut Arkansas organized protests in three Arkansas cities to call attention to corporations that do not pay their fair share of taxes, even the "undead" showed up at the Fayetteville event.

German, US authorities arrest bankers on alleged tax evasion plot

Geneva - Authorities in Germany and the United States have arrested several individuals who allegedly participated in helping thousands of clients evade their taxes. Prosecutors say one case dates back all the way 1953.

2 doctors in PH sued by BIR for over P4M of unpaid taxes

Manila - The Philippines' Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) filed tax evasion charges against two doctors with the Department of Justice (DOJ) on Thursday.

ACORN on verge of bankruptcy

The Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now - better known as ACORN - has announced that they are now faced with filing for bankruptcy.
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