Handbook on the Politics of Taxation
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Handbook on the Politics of Taxation

Edited by Lukas Hakelberg and Laura Seelkopf

This comprehensive Handbook provides an insight into the main concepts and academic debates on taxation from a political science perspective. Providing a background to current debates on green taxation, taxation and inequality, taxation and gender, tax evasion and avoidance, and tax compliance, it offers potential avenues for future research.
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Chapter 19: Power and resistance in the global fight against tax evasion

Loriana Crasnic and Lukas Hakelberg

Abstract

The automatic exchange of information on bank accounts held by non-residents is considered a major breakthrough in the fight against tax evasion. Its multilateral adoption in 2014 obliged tax havens around the world to abolish banking secrecy, providing tax authorities with unprecedented access to data on their taxpayers' foreign accounts. While analysts usually trace the emergence of this new regime to a credible sanction threat from the United States, they continue to debate the preconditions for this threat, how concessions granted to the United States translated into a multilateral regime, and to what degree targeted jurisdictions retain room for resistance. This chapter reviews these debates, provides a consolidated account of the emergence and current shape of the AEoI regime, and identifies avenues for future research.

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