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Oxfam: A Leftist Joke, not a Real Charity

While my colleagues are stuck in the cold of Washington for inauguration week, I’m enjoying a few days in the Caribbean. More specifically, I’m sharing my views today on Trump and the global economy at the annual Business Outlook Conference in the British Virgin Islands. Yes, another example of the sacrifices I make in the […]

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The War Against Cash, India, and a Lesson about Big Government

The War against Cash is a battle that shouldn’t even exist. But politicians don’t like cash because it’s hard to control something that people can freely trade back and forth. So folks on the left are arguing that governments should ban or restrict paper money. In Part I, we looked at the argument that cash […]

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Is Defending Tax Competition Akin to “Trading with the Enemy”?

When I was younger, my left-wing friends said conservatives unfairly attacked them for being unpatriotic and anti-American simply because they disagreed on how to deal with the Soviet Union. Now the shoe is on the other foot. Last decade, a Treasury Department official accused me of being disloyal to America because I defended the fiscal […]

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Lessons from Monaco on the Benefits of Zero Income Tax

I wonder whether October 3, 1913, was the worst day in American history. That’s when one of America’s worst presidents signed into law the income tax. The top rate was only 7 percent when Woodrow Wilson approved the income tax, and the tax only applied to the very richest Americans. But as is so often […]

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The Necessary and Valuable Economic Role of Tax Havens

Economists certainly don’t speak with one voice, but there’s a general consensus on two principles of public finance that will lead to a more competitive and prosperous economy. Lower tax rates are more conducive to work and entrepreneurship than higher tax rates. Reducing the tax bias against capital formation will improve growth by increasing saving […]

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Hypocrisy Update: Leftists Want the Peasants (but not Themselves) to Endure Big Government

I wrote last month about Secretary of State John Kerry being a giant hypocrite because he’s been a critic of so-called tax havens, yet he and his family benefits immensely from investments in various low-tax jurisdictions. But perhaps that’s something that Obama requires when selecting people for that position. It turns out that Kerry’s predecessor […]

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John Kerry’s Tax Haven Investments and other Examples of Statist Hypocrisy

What do left-wing firebrand Congressman Alan Grayson, Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew, Obama’s top trade negotiator Michael Froman, liberal financier Donald Sussman, and big-money Democratic donor Tom Steyer. all have in common? The answer is that they all engage in tax avoidance and tax planning by utilizing tax havens. Like many other Democrats (and Democrat donors), […]

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Tax Havens Promote Economic Prosperity and Protect Human Liberty

I sometimes wonder if I was put on this planet to defend tax competition and tax havens. I argue for fiscal sovereignty, good tax policy, and financial privacy to the denizens of Capitol Hill, both in writing and in person. I make the same arguments for readers of the New York Times, as well as […]

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Panama Papers, Tax Planning, and Political Corruption

I wrote a couple of days ago about the “Panama Papers” issue and touched on the key issues. I explained that this non-scandal scandal is simply another chapter in the never-ending war by high-tax governments against tax competition, fiscal sovereignty, and financial privacy. Here are a few of the other points I made: . People […]

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Operation Choke Point, Bank De-Risking, and Obama Administration Coercion

For all his faults, you have to give President Obama credit for strong convictions. He’s generally misguided, but it’s perversely impressive to observe his relentless advocacy for higher taxes, bigger government, more intervention, and limits on constitutional freedoms. That being said, his desire to “fundamentally transform” the United States leads him to decisions that run […]

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Another Attack on Tax Competition: “Panama Papers” Is a Non-Controversy Controversy

Three years ago, thieves stole a bunch of information from “offshore” service providers in the Cook Islands and British Virgin Islands. This was supposed to be a ground-breaking exposé with huge ramifications, but it turned out to be a tempest in a teapot. As I pointed out at the time, all that we really learned […]

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Deconstructing the European Union’s Convoluted New Attack on “Tax Havens”

Europe is suffering from economic stagnation caused in part by excessive fiscal burdens. So what are European policy makers doing to address this problem? If you think the answer might have something to do with a shift to responsible fiscal policy, you obviously have no familiarity with Europe’s political elite. But if you have paid […]

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Another Leftist Joins the Hypocrite Hall of Fame

While the Bureaucrat Hall of Fame and Moocher Hall of Fame already exist, the Hypocrite Hall of Fame is just a concept. But once it gets set up, Congressman Alan Grayson of Florida will definitely be a charter member. Here are some passages from a column in the Tampa Bay Times. U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson, […]

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The Three Best and Three Worst Policy Developments of 2014

Exactly one year ago, we looked at the best and worst policy developments of 2013. Now it’s time for a look back at 2014 to see what’s worth celebrating and what are reasons for despair. Here’s the good news for 2014. 1. Gridlock – I’ve been arguing for nearly three years that divided government is […]

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What’s the Best Tax Haven for American Citizens?

Since I spend considerable time defending tax competition, fiscal sovereignty, and financial privacy, people sometimes think I can give competent advice on how best to protect one’s income from the IRS. Hardly. Like most people in Washington, I’m all theory and no practice. Besides, when people ask me about the ideal tax haven for an […]

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Agreeing with Leftists (Sort of) about the World’s Sixth-Largest “Tax Haven”

To put it mildly, I’m not a fan of the so-called Tax Justice Network. In a moment of typical understatement, I referred to the U.K.-based group as “…a bunch of crazy Euro-socialists.” And to give you an idea of why I don’t like them, here’s some of what I wrote about them two years ago. […]

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Rand Paul: A Modern-Day Horatius in the Fight to Protect Private Financial Information from Corrupt and Evil Governments

Senator Rand Paul is being criticized and condemned by the Washington establishment. That’s almost certainly a sign that he’s doing the right thing. And given the recent events in Russia and Ukraine, we should say he’s doing a great thing. This is because Senator Paul is waging a lonely battle to stop the unthinking and […]

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A “Human Right” to Other People’s Money

One of the many differences between advocates of freedom and supporters of statism is how they view “rights.” Libertarians, along with many conservatives, believe in the right to be left alone and not molested by government. This is sometimes referred to in the literature as “negative liberty,” which is just another way of saying “the […]

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Tax Havens and Tax Competition Are Crucial if We Want to Restrain Predatory Government

I’m very worried about America’s fiscal future. Simply stated, data from several sources (BIS, OECD, and IMF) indicates that we face a future Greek-style fiscal crisis unless policy makers implement genuine entitlement reform. Unfortunately, politicians have little incentive to control spending and reform programs if they think that higher taxes are an option. So how […] . . . → Read More: Tax Havens and Tax Competition Are Crucial if We Want to Restrain Predatory Government . . . → Read More: Tax Havens and Tax Competition Are Crucial if We Want to Restrain Predatory Government