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Shiver me timbers! New book explores tax secrecy on (or near) the high seas

By Alasdair Roxburgh | 18 January 2011

Last week a new book called Treasure Islands was published.

Pinstriped pirates

Pirates, $160bn missing tax revenue. Can you see what we've done, there?

But rather than a reworking of Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic tale of piracy and parrots, Nicholas Shaxson's Treasure Islands: Tax Havens and the Men Who Stole the World takes us on a tour of offshore accounts, revealing how so often the richest pay the least in taxes.

Shaxson argues that tax havens are used by big companies and individuals to help dodge paying billions of dollars in taxes each year.

Here at Christian Aid we’ve said for some time that the financial secrecy that surrounds tax havens allows some unscrupulous companies to dodge paying taxes in the developing world.

That’s why we are tackling this financial secrecy with our Trace the Tax campaign.


Take action!

Act now! Call on David Cameron, Nick Clegg and Nicolas Sarkozy to end tax haven secrecy at this year’s G20.


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Alasdair Roxburgh

Alasdair Roxburgh is our churches campaigns manager

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