Taxing Crime – A Whole-of-Government Approach to Fighting Corruption, Money Laundering and Tax Crimes

Wednesday, January 18, 2023 at 11:00-12:30 Vienna time (CET)

Presenters
Jeffrey Owens, Director of the WU Global Tax Policy Center at the Institute of Austrian and International Tax Law, Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU)
Siddhesh Rao, PhD candidate and research associate, WU Global Tax Policy Center at the Institute of Austrian and International Tax Law, Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU)
Yara Esquivel, Senior Financial Sector Specialist, World Bank

Discussant
Sebastian A. Roy, Chief Analyst, Macroeconomic Policy Department, Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Poland

Moderator
Markus Eller, Senior Economist, Joint Vienna Institute


This webinar, organized jointly by the WU Global Tax Policy Center at the Institute for Austrian and International Tax Law, WU (Vienna University of Economics and Business) and the JVI, features the presentation of the book “Taxing Crime: The Whole-of-Government Approach to Fighting Corruption, Money Laundering and Tax Crimes” co-authored by Jean-Pierre Brun, Ana Cebreiro Gomez, Rita Julien, Joy Waruguru Ndubai, Jeffrey Owens, Siddhesh Rao, and Yara Esquivel and published in 2022 by the Stolen Asset Recovery (StAR) Initiative of the World Bank and the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime (UNODC). The book draws on the areas of expertise of practitioners, including tax auditors and investigators, law enforcement, financial investigators, investigating magistrates, and prosecutors from developed and developing jurisdictions and from civil and common law systems. 

This book is highly topical given the importance of interagency cooperation between tax authorities and law enforcement agencies working on preventing, detecting, and recovering the illicit financial flows derived from tax evasion, corruption, and money laundering. Tax evasion and corruption drain limited public resources, often hurting the most vulnerable populations by depleting the funds for much-needed services. Beyond the budget, tax evasion and corruption harm the social fabric by fueling inequality and eroding trust in public institutions and the rule of law. Illicit financial flows are then a major obstacle to resilient and inclusive development.

This webinar introduces the audience to the key findings of the book and discusses the importance of interagency cooperation in fighting corruption, money laundering and illicit financial flows, with a focus on countries in the JVI region.

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