Grey Matters: Kevin F. King, “Cutting internet gambling’s Gordian knot: geolocation and federalism...
This paper examines the literature on offshore financial centres and multilateral efforts at limiting competition. It concludes that, without strong enforcement capacities from the very beginning, the multilateral approach is vulnerable to bilateralism. The paper proposes several solutions, including the creation of a unique international body dealing with all issues raised by OFCs, or the adoption of a “unitary taxation” system or a “Financial Transparency Index.”
Over recent years, the Cayman Islands has proven itself an increasingly popular jurisdiction of choice for the incorporation of companies owned or operated by parties in Asia, with the following being some of the key reasons for such popularity.
The US$50b fraud by Bernard Madoff’s investment advisory and broker-dealer firms had an equally outsized list of red flags. Several ways in which Madoff carried out his operations were not only highly unusual but also gave him more discretion over his operations and subjected his activities to less scrutiny than a typical investment adviser or broker-dealer. Notably
Tax havens have attracted increasing attention from policy-makers in recent years. This paper provides an overview of a growing body of research that analyses the consequences and determinants of the existence of tax-haven countries. For instance, recent evidence suggests that tax havens tend to have stronger governance institutions than comparable non-haven countries. Most importantly, tax havens provide opportunities for tax planning by multinational corporations.