Finance and tax policy

Article AS news
10.4.2017

Exchange of information: Automatically selective

The Swiss Government wants to extend automatic exchange of financial account information on potential tax dodgers selectively to some advanced developing countries. And to G20 members China and Russia. Stormy parliamentary debates lie ahead.
Article AS news
12.1.2017

Corporate Tax Reform III: The new tax loophole

Corporate Tax Reform III was originally meant to eliminate the Swiss corporate tax haven. The notional interest deduction is now thwarting this intention entirely. It is also likely to harm developing countries.
Article AS news
3.10.2016

No more the sour apples!

The Apple tax avoidance scandal and the Federal Council's draft Law on Country-by-Country Reporting show that there is no way around publicly accessible corporate reporting by multinational corporations.
Article AS news
10.7.2016

Banking secrecy undead

Automatic financial account information exchange is reserved for a club of rich countries. Tax evaders from poor countries will still be able to conceal their money in Swiss accounts in the future.
Article AS news
29.3.2016

Transparent corporations still a long way off?

Country-by-Country Reporting for enterprises is very high on the OECD's agenda. This makes tax transparency an issue for corporate groups in Switzerland as well. Despite this, developing countries (still) have nothing to rejoice about.
Résumé
10.3.2016

Food speculation: need for regulation

Speculation with food generates huge price swings, which can have dramatic consequences especially for the poorest in the global South.
Résumé
20.12.2015

No more potentate funds

In 2014, the Federal Council proposed a law on the treatment of dictators' stolen assets, or potentate funds. At last a good law was adopted in December 2015 despite resistance from right wing parties and some shortcomings.
Article AS news
16.12.2015

Corporate Tax Reform harming the poor

The Swiss Parliament is discussing corporate tax reform III. In development policy terms, with this reform Switzerland is going from the frying pan into the fire.
Article AS news
29.5.2015

Ridge walking on the debt mountain

Many poor developing countries are suffering under a huge mountain of debt. Consequently, the UN is at long last discussing a regulated debt restructuring procedure. Switzerland is slowing things down.