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Gabriel Zucman on Tax Havens - Dictionary of Arguments

Saez I 124
Tax havens/Saez/Zucman: Imposing sanctions on uncooperative tax havens is well-founded in economic reasoning. Each country is entitled to its laws, but when these laws have a major negative externality, victims are entitled to retaliate. >Tax Evasion/Saez/Zucman, >Mulitnational Corporations/Saez/Zucman.
(...) the United States has successfully used the threat of taxes on financial transactions to force tax havens to share bank data automatically with the IRS (Internal Revenue Service), paving the way for a new form of global cooperation deemed impossible by many.
Vs: The main argument against this approach has been that taxation is a national prerogative and that pressuring a country to increase its corporate tax rate infringes upon its sovereignty. This is exactly how Switzerland used to defend its bank secrecy and lack of cooperation with other countries’ tax agencies, before changing course under American pressure.
Solution: The United States started pressuring Switzerland after a series of scandals made the scale of offshore abuse apparent. Now that data are finally becoming available on the amount of profits booked by multinationals in each of the countries where they operate, it becomes possible to estimate by how much, exactly, Ireland’s tax policy reduces the tax collection of the United States and France. There is no excuse anymore for ignoring the fiscal externalities that some countries impose on others.
Saez I 125
Saez/Zucman: (...) the way to make progress politically involves putting tax matters at the center of trade policies. Future trade deals should not be signed unless they contain an agreement on tax coordination.
Solution: With a high enough tax floor, the logic of international competition would be turned on its head. >Globalization/Saez/Zucman.


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Zucman, Gabriel


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