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Thursday, 27 March 2014, 2:15PM
Barnard's Inn Hall

Why a Competitive Tax System is a Bad Tax System

Nicholas Shaxson

Nicholas Shaxson, author of Treasure islands, ventures into the lions' den to deliver his lecture on why a 'competitive tax rate' is a term of economic illiteracy. Mr Shaxson shows how this term has been misused and perverted to apply the microeconomic tenets to the macroeconomic scale even as it ignores fundamentals of tax as part of a nation's economy. A challenging lecture that highlights many important issues in finance today.
Saving Havens – Offshore, Onshore or Mid-Shore Financial Centres
With three nearby Crown Dependencies and six overseas territories promoting themselves as ‘international financial centres’, the UK seems to value offshore centres.  Yet during current financial crises these havens are easy scapegoats.  At the 2011 G20 Summit in Cannes, President Nicolas Sarkozy stated, “We don’t want any more tax havens.  Our message is clear, countries that remain tax havens … will be shunned by the international community”.  But do these centres add value?  And what of onshore havens such as Delaware, Monaco, Luxembourg ... London?  This symposium will explore the good, the bad and the ugly – savings, crimes and tax.  We will look at how offshore centres do add value, their dangers and how things might evolve to something, perhaps “mid-shore”.

The talks and discussions to take place include the following:

    Offshore, Onshore, Mid-Shore
    Professor Michael Mainelli

    Why A ‘Competitive’ Tax System Is A Bad Tax System
    Nicholas Shaxson

    Panel Discussion: Off With The Taxes?
    Nicholas Shaxson, Mark Field MP and Jakob Schaad
    Chair: Professor Michael Mainelli, Z/Yen Group

    The Future For International Financial Centres
    Richard Hay

    Panel Discussion: How Fares Fair Offshore?
    Richard Hay and Stuart Trought
    Chair: Professor Michael Mainelli, Z/Yen Group

Event ends 5.30 pm followed by reception to 6.30 pm, sponsored by the Z/Yen Group.

 

 

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Nicholas Shaxson is a British writer, journalist and investigator. He is author of the 2007 book Poisoned Wells: The Dirty Politics of African Oil, and, following completion of Treasure Islands in 2010, a journalist and part-time writer and researcher for the Tax Justice Network, an expert-led group focused on tax and tax havens. In 2012 the International Tax Review named him as one of its “Global Tax 50” most influential people in international tax.

Since 1993 he has written extensively on global business and politics for the Financial Times, Vanity Fair, the Economist and its sister publication the Economist Intelligence Unit, Reuters, International Affairs, Foreign Affairs, the American Interest, the BBC, Africa Confidential, African Energy, and many others.

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27 March 2014

Why a Competitive Tax System is a Bad Tax System
Nicholas Shaxson

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