Chas­ing the Art­ful Dodger: Multi­na­tional tax avoid­ance

AQ: Australian Quarterly - - REFERENCES - DAVID RICHARD­SON

For most of us, pay­ing taxes is an un­avoid­able civic duty. Yet for the mod­ern cor­po­ra­tion it has in­creas­ingly be­come a vol­un­tary mat­ter, with a pre­vail­ing sense that a cor­po­ra­tion's duty lies in avoid­ing tax. In­ter­na­tional in­trigue, ex­otic lo­ca­tions, and a hint of Dick­ens' Art­ful Dodger – the world of tax havens and in­ter­na­tional tax avoid­ance has the mak­ings of a good thriller, but its ef­fects are far more mun­dane and af­fect all of us. What is hap­pen­ing around the world and is Aus­tralia do­ing enough to se­cure its dues?

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