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Ernst & Young get country-by-country reporting wrong
July 29th, 2009
Ernst & Young have published their latest “Tax policy and controversy brie?ng: A quarterly review of global tax policy and controversy developments”. On page 13 they say:

Country-by-country reporting concept attracts attention

At the Berlin meeting, a report which advocates the introduction of country-by-country reporting by multinational companies received some attention. The report, Country-by-Country Reporting: Holding multinational corporations to account wherever they are was authored by the Task Force on Financial Integrity and Economic Development, a global group of civil society organizations. It was reported that at the Berlin meeting...

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Oxford and conflicts of interest
July 29th, 2009
Oxford Journals (linked, of course, to the University of the same name) says in its FAQs:

What is a ‘Conflict of Interest’?

Any financial interests or connections, direct or indirect, or other situations that might raise the question of bias in the work reported or the conclusions, implications or opinions stated – including pertinent commercial or other sources of funding for the individual author(s) or for the associated department(s) or organization(s), personal relationships, or direct academic competition.

How can I be sure if I should declare something?

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Time to bury the Oxford report
July 16th, 2009
On several occasions we have written about a report produced by the Oxford Centre for Business Taxation, which is critical of estimates of illicit flows and other offshore-related phenomena published by TJN and its colleagues. Professor Michael Devereux of the Centre has replied in the Financial Times to an earlier letter from TJN and its partners. Devereux’s riposte says little of interest, but accuses us of seeking “to spread innuendo about the messenger rather than to engage in constructive debate about the research” – without noting that the letters page of a newspaper – ours was just...
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