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  • US Tax Havens: The new Switzerland

    Financial Times' Investigations Correspondent Kara Scannell was the first to uncover first hand accounts of how businesses exploit complex trust laws in South Dakota. Her findings, published as "US Tax Havens: The new Switzerland" uncovered a thriving onshore tax haven business. Scannell's shoe-leather reporting gave her unprecedented access to first person sources, including exclusive access to elusive business figures within the shadowy practice. Together with Vanessa Houlder, Scannell's trust law research emboldened a lively, revelatory report that contributed to the ongoing and serious debate over the use and abuse of domestic tax havens.
  • Secrecy for Sale: Inside the Global Offshore Money Maze

    “Secrecy For Sale: Inside The Global Offshore Money Maze” is one of the largest and most complex cross-border investigative projects in journalism history. The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists collaborated with 112 journalists in 58 countries in stripping away the biggest mystery associated with tax havens: the owners of anonymous “shell companies,” which are the tools of choice for money launderers, tax dodgers and other financial wrongdoers. The reporting was based on 2.5 million secret files related to 10 offshore centers. The files contain details on more than 120,000 offshore companies and trusts and nearly 130,000 individuals and agents, in more than 170 countries and territories.
  • Secrecy for Sale: Inside the Global Offshore Money Maze (Offshore Leaks)

    Secrecy for Sale made front page news around the globe, including in the U.K., the United States, Switzerland, Germany, France, China, and Russia. Also known as the “Offshore Leaks” investigation, it sparked official investigations around Europe, Asia, Australia, and in North and South America, and several high-profile resignations. It prompted the French president to call for the eradication of tax havens, the UK prime minister to announce—alongside the U.S. President—that the two nations had agreed to “tackle the scourge of tax havens,” and EU officials to say it “transformed” tax politics in Europe. The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, a project of the Center for Public Integrity, struck a blow for transparency against one of the world’s most important and contentious public issues—tax havens and the illicit flow of money around the globe.
  • Hidden Havens

    The reporter investigates how U.S. multinational companies use hidden strategies and offshore havens to avoid paying the full corporate tax rate.
  • Bloomberg's Offshore Millions/The Secret Campaign of Mayor Mike

    The two stories take an unprecedented look at Mayor Michael Bloomberg's finances. One story uncovers how Bloomberg used a loophole to invest charitable funds in overseas tax havens. The other story examines the questionable tactics of his secretive campaign effort called "ballot security."
  • Spin the Bottle

    Fiji Water, once an untouchable brand, is exposed as a company violating environmental and humanitarian principles that consumers once believed it held dear. Reporter Anna Lenzer traveled in dangerous territory to bring to light the real face of Fiji Water as the Fiji Junta demonstrated a vested interest in the company's reputation.
  • Game of Control

    While some agencies have chipped away at corruption in football, their efforts have stopped at their national borders. Criminals have observed no boundaries. Reporters for the Organize Crime and Corruption Reporting Project, a consortium of investigative reporters, took a months-long look at the business of football in the southeast Europe and the former Soviet Union. They found networks of agents and power stakeholders quietly skimming transfer fees and working through tax havens and companies with shell proxies to avoid taxes. In post-transition Bulgaria some 200 killings have been linked to football. Among the dead are 15 club leaders who attained their posts through questionable means.
  • Tax Revolt Goes Awry

    This investigation exposed inequities in Florida's property tax system, which are unintended consequences of the Save Our Homes tax amendment. The discrepancies have grown so much that millionaires in beachfront homes pay less than middle-class families living in modest houses, costing the state millions in property tax revenue.
  • Trillion-Dollar Hideaway

    Mother Jones tell us how the rich hide their money from IRS and others in overseas bank accounts. Many small nations, such as Bahamas and Nevis, act as tax havens by offering offshore banking. Wealthy Americans open international business companies which are shell companies that often conduct no real business. The setting up of these companies is usually fast and cheap and these countries do not require them to file any annual or corporate reports.