Oxfam slams World Bank for investing in firms using tax havens

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Fifty-one of 68 companies doing business with World Bank funds on projects in sub-Saharan Africa in 2015 used tax havens, according to a report released by global charity Oxfam.

Eighty-four percent of investments promoted by the International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member the World Bank Group, went to firms using the tax haven of Mauritius to hide wealth and dodge tax, the charity claims.

The report also discloses that IFC has more than doubled its investment in companies that use tax havens in five years – from $1.2 billion in 2010 to $ 2.87 billion in 2015.

“There is a critical misalignment between where large companies declare their profits and where their real business is located. For example, in 2012, US multinationals alone shifted $500 billion-$700 billion, or roughly 25 percent of their annual profits, mostly to countries where these profits are not taxed, or taxed at very low…

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