Taxcast: A Firewall to Protect EU Citizens from the Big Four Accountancy Firms and the Tax Avoidance Lobby

Originally published at the Tax Justice Network

In the July 2918 Taxcast:

  • we look at a proposal for a firewall to protect EU citizens from the Big Four accountancy firms and the tax avoidance lobby: we look at a new report from the Corporate Europe Observatory
  • we discuss UN Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights Professor Philip Alston’s announced visit to the UK to look at austerity and the human rights consequences: his report on the US was hard-hitting and controversial. What will he make of the UK?
  • and we look at Transparify’s 2018 think tank funding transparency rankings and talk about how opacity is the name of the game for many of the ‘free market’ lobby groups pushing for Brexit, deregulation, privatisation and tax havenry, such as the Institute for Economic Affairs.

Featuring: Vicky Cann of the Corporate Europe Observatory, John Christensen of the Tax Justice Network. Produced and presented by Naomi Fowler.

EU tax policy makers should be protected from the vested interests of the tax avoidance industry. What we want to see is a real change of culture at the EU level and at member state level as well which stops seeing the Big 4 as legitimate, trusted, neutral partners when it comes to stamping out tax avoidance.”

Vicky Cann, Corporate Europe Observatory

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Further reading:

Details on Transparify’s 2018 report on thinktank transparency:

Details on Corporate Europe Observatory’s report ‘Accounting for influence: how the Big Four are embedded in EU tax avoidance policy’

Read up on the Brexit Syndicate here.

Details on the Institute for Economic Affairs and the investigation by the UK Charity Commission, here and here.

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  1. Jerri-Lynn Scofield Post author

    I agree– comes out once a month, and I try to crosspost these podcasts regularly.

  2. Ignacio

    Meanwhile in Spain the new chief at Red Eléctrica Española (the públic company managing the electric grid) Mr. Sevilla comes from PriceWaterhouseCoopers…

  3. Altandmain

    Unless partners of theses CPA and law firms that help tax evasion are locked up, nothing changes.

    That’s the brutal reality. Same with Wall Street and executives. The lack of senior executives who were locked up all but ensures that this will keep happening.

    Likewise, there need to be severe penalties for those rich people who participate in these schemes. Otherwise they will keep doing what they are doing. Same with the nations helping in these schemes.

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