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Project on International Tax and Financial Privacy

> New! The Prosperity Institute's Task Force on Information Exchange and Financial Privacy has released its Report on Financial Privacy, Law Enforcement and Terrorism.  [Press Bulletin] [Full Report—PDF Format] (March 26, 2002)
   
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Press Release: Prosperity Institute to Form Task Force on Information Exchange and Financial Privacy (July 16, 2001)

The Prosperity Institute has created a Project on International Tax and Financial Privacy. The Project is designed to educate the public and policy-makers about the importance of global financial privacy. Project participants analyze and communicate to opinion leaders the adverse effect that efforts limiting financial privacy and international tax competition will have on civil liberties and economic development. Current efforts include a focus on:

  • The "harmful tax competition" initiative by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD);
  • The "tax harmonization" and "tax coordination" efforts of the European Union (EU);
  • Increasing government invasions of financial privacy throughout the world;
  • The impact of U.S. qualified intermediary tax regulations on capital flows to and from the United States;
    The EU initiative to impose a minimum withholding tax on interest income; and
  • The impact of tax competition on economic growth.

The Project has brought financial privacy to the attention of the public and policy-makers in the United States, France, Great Britain and the Caribbean. In cooperation with other public policy institutes, participants are undertaking this project to increase the awareness of its issues of concern through:

  • Educational seminars and conferences;
  • A media education program;
  • Public outreach through opinion articles in newspapers and magazines, and appearances on radio and TV public affairs and talk shows;
  • Policy Reports (non-technical for the public, media, and policy-makers); and
  • Papers directed at academia (both legal and economic).

The Project directors cooperate with other organizations concerned about these issues to leverage the Institute's resources so that considerably more work is done in this area, by many more institutions, than would be conducted were the Institute operating alone.

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Issue Brief on the OECD "Harmful Tax Competition" Initiative

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The U.N. High Level Panel on Financing for Development Recommends Making Orwell’s Big Brother Real 
By David R. Burton

 

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