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Ethical tax havens

Anyone know a good adviser

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I have been asked to write an article for a national newspaper on whether there are any ethical tax havens.  I am stumped about how to start my research.  Does anyone know any accountants or tax advisers who specialise in this?  I would be willing to quote them in the article so that they would get the necessary exposure.

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By Matrix
04th Feb 2020 18:35

No sorry but you could google advisers in the various tax havens, if there is a need for them.

If you would fund me to go to a nice tax haven to do some research I would happily oblige.

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By Bendy Wendy
04th Feb 2020 18:42

Matrix wrote:

No sorry but you could google advisers in the various tax havens, if there is a need for them.

If you would fund me to go to a nice tax haven to do some research I would happily oblige.


Ha ha. If anyone is going anywhere on anyone else's money, that would be me. Not you. Sadly the budget for the article is unlikely to stretch beyond a coffee in MacDonalds.
I will let you know, of course, if anything changes.
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By Richard Grant
05th Feb 2020 08:11

Most of them are "ethical", it's what they are used for that can be unethical.

Define "ethical" when you write you article and you will find it a lot easier.

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By WhichTyler
05th Feb 2020 09:20

Agreed. If a charity (that doesn't have to pay UK tax) invests in a hedge fund that happens to be registered in the Caymans, is that the same as an arms dealer routing profits through the same jurisdiction?

UK is proposing greater transparency for the tax havens in its overseas territories, so you may think that is a step in the right direction

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By Lone_Wolf
05th Feb 2020 09:22

What if the readers believe tax evasion is ethical?

Perhaps some don't believe others have the right to confiscate their assets, no matter what the pieces of paper they call laws state.

You could completely throw expectations by writing a piece calling for more tax havens to put power back into the hands of the individual.

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By Mr_awol
05th Feb 2020 09:42

Indeed. I would suggest the OP goes and finds one o0f those 'free man on the land' muppets to [***] on about how the uk government 'corporation' doesn't have his 'consent' to tax him.

It will probably be more entertaining than an actual article about tax laws anyway

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By DJKL
05th Feb 2020 09:43

Good point- the OP can always start with discussions about when paying tax is ethical and when it is not- one man's ethical may be the next's immoral.

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By DJKL
05th Feb 2020 10:11

One aspect you might want to consider is should your "ethical" criteria be widened more to "sustainable"?

I know from my daughter's studies for her first degree (Sustainable Development) and all the books on same littering our house that sustainability is far more all embracing than mere environmental concerns and looks at things like ethics, justice and fairness e.g she asked me questions when she was studying corporate social responsibility measurement/reporting as part of her degree, sustainability being a much broader church than I initially thought.

Depending upon how you want to play the article reading some SD books that have chapters on ethical finance etc might be a start.

In meantime Tax Justice may be worth exploring.

https://www.taxjustice.net/2018/06/27/targeting-iff/

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By frankfx
05th Feb 2020 11:04

I thought the UK was an. / The Ethical Tax haven.

Visit a well known shop in Knightsbridge to gain a sense of the UK attraction.

A Visit to some Premiership Football stadiums will reinforce the "ethical haven " image we present to the world.

It seems to have worked.

Post Brexit the message and image will be buffed and polished .

Still need to find a good advisor?

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By Accountant A
05th Feb 2020 11:20

Bendy Wendy wrote:

I am stumped about how to start my research.

If you Google "tax haven", you get 271,000,000 'hits'.

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By Monsoon
05th Feb 2020 14:52

Isn't "ethical tax haven" an oxymoron?

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By Payroll Pete
06th Feb 2020 12:47

I'd turn it into the "transpart tax efficiency within the law"
And look at EU countries with low tax rates - Hungary, Montenegro or Estonia where there is zero % tax on non-distributed profits

or visit https://www.offshorecorptalk.com/ and ask there

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By Justin Bryant
06th Feb 2020 17:02

Maybe Antarctica or perhaps at least in future years when it's warmed up nicely thanks to all the 4x4 motorists etc., as I've heard currently there's snow tax there!

Also, despite the OECD etc. their tax rates/thresholds are likely to be frozen for the foreseeable future.

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By Lone_Wolf
06th Feb 2020 15:41

So we've ruled out accountant and comedian from the list of careers you might be good at. Maybe a bus-boy?

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By Justin Bryant
06th Feb 2020 16:02

I assume you're a typical upset troll who cannot receive it (by being called out as such) but just loves to dish it out (and who never reveals their true identity of course)!

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By Lone_Wolf
06th Feb 2020 16:45

Upset? You could never upset me Justin. You're my friend.

Why do you want my true identity? Do you want to go on a date Justin? Now you're making me blush.

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By Justin Bryant
06th Feb 2020 16:56

I am just teasing you really and I agree my joke was dreadful!

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By Tax Dragon
06th Feb 2020 17:34

BendyWendy. Matchmaker extraordinaire.

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By Lone_Wolf
06th Feb 2020 22:05

I would be very interested in finding out how she came about such a nickname...

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