Corporate tax rates in Ireland are especially advantageous to multinational firms. That's why Apple, Google, and Facebook all have their European headquarters on the Emerald Isle.
Every year African countries lose at least $50 million in taxes — more than the amount of foreign development aid. So where is it all going and how can multinational companies be held to account?
France's finance minister will bring forward legislation this week for a 3 percent tax on companies including Google and Facebook. Public anger about tax avoidance by digital giants has prompted the move.
The tech giant has already been handed €7 billion in fines in the European Union, but more could be on the way. The latest case relates to unfair practices with its AdSense program.
The European Parliament has backed new rules to protect whistleblowers from reprisals. European Union lawmakers say they want to look out for those people who bring scandals to light.
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