Around The Tax-Avoiding World In 53 Minutes

Tyler Durden's picture

"Where do multinationals pay taxes and how much?" Gaining insight from international tax experts, this excellent documentary takes a look at tax havens, the people who live there and the routes along which tax is avoided globally. As we have previously discussed in great detail, those routes go by resounding names like 'Cayman Special', 'Double Irish', and 'Dutch Sandwich' amid a financial world operating in the shadows surrounded by a high level of secrecy where sizable capital streams travel the world at the speed of light and avoid paying tax. 'The Tax Free Tour' explains the systemic risk for governments and citizens alike. Is this the price we have to pay for globalized capitalism? At the same time, the online game "Taxodus" provides an interactive guide to hiding your company's cash. In the game, the player can select the profile of a multinational and look for the global route to pay as little tax as possible.

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Taxodus - The Game explained:


Taxodus - The Game: (click image for game link)

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TeamDepends's picture


Movement of Babylon People

Oh yeah

TeamDepends's picture

Uh!  Open your eyes and look within:

Are you satisfied (with the life you're living)?  Uh!

DoChenRollingBearing's picture


Is there a version for people too?

samsara's picture

I think like chess, we're the little pieces in the front row

MillionDollarBonus_'s picture

I find it amusing that many Zerohedgers don't even understand the difference between taxation and theft. If this site wants to be taken seriously by reputable journalists and publications, it's readers need to tame their views and make them more mainstream.

TeamDepends's picture

So, "set the captives free" was a little too extreme for you?

bonderøven-farm ass's picture

Yes, MDB.....remain in situ.  One musn't upset the balance, no?

MisterMousePotato's picture

I cannot catch what is happening at ~51 minutes when Matt Brittin is speaking. Anyone get that?

The Navigator's picture

Laws and Taxes are for Peons and Peasants.

MisterMousePotato's picture

I liked it. Enough to give you an up arrow. But, did anyone catch what he actually said? Seemed to cause everyone in the room much hilarity. (Who knows? Maybe you're right?)

Rustysilver's picture


your were gone for a while: it was so nice.

jon dough's picture

Reputable journalists and publications?

The Tylers ARE the reputable journalists & ZH IS the reputable publication...

"Where you been in livin'? Reseda?"


thisandthat's picture


If journalists and publications want to be taken seriously by this site, its scribes need to untame their mainstream views and make them more reputable.

Fixed it a bit for you, MillionBogusDollars.

Turin Turambar's picture

"I find it amusing that many Zerohedgers don't even understand the difference between taxation and theft."


There is no difference.  Taxation IS theft. 

Walt D.'s picture

The EEU is relying on the fact that some people view theft using taxation by the government as legitimate. What happened in Cyprus was theft by any definition. 

The  EEU is already conspiring to steal private property in Spain by threatening the Spanish Govermnent if they do not "impose taxes".


Silver Bug's picture

As the economies of the world get worse and worse, you are going to see more and more people just simply not paying their taxes.

Pure Evil's picture

Debtors prisons will take care of those unable or unwilling to pay their fair share.


Kirk2NCC1701's picture

The collective repudiation of excessive taxes -- taxes imposed by a hijacked or irredeemably corrupt government -- is the most radical and non-violent way of changing not only that hopeless government, but also the way to collapse the irreparable system.

resurger's picture

Can i download the game on my Samsung tab?!

The Heart's picture

Good Saturday to all!

Well, since it is a day for documentaries, here is one that may be of a higher priority.:

Herd Redirection Committee's picture

This guy from the Washington Institute @4:08 starts listing every false flag or attack that happened w/ foreknowledge in US history!

He mentions the Lusitania, the explosion of the Maine, the Gulf of Tonkin episode, Pearl Harbor...

How each one conveniently dragged the country into war...

Euro Monster's picture

Thanks for these documentaries ZH and The Heart! :) Appreciat it!

LetThemEatRand's picture

Taxodus for the few.  Taxidermist for the rest of us.  Can't afford that operation for mom because 400 people control more wealth in the U.S. than half the population combined?  At least you can still afford a good taxidermist and enjoy her for years to come.

DoChenRollingBearing's picture

I KNEW it!  "Taxodus" is only for The Elites!  How much do you have to have to play "Taxodus"?  $5 million?  $100 million?  $1 bazillion?  $1 gazillion?  Inquiring minds want to know!

Aeternus's picture

I think it starts somewhere around 100 million in revenue/taxes generated and the perks go up from there exponentially. I would advise looking into manufacturing printers, that's the future, don't forget to source a supply of ink as well.

Poetic injustice's picture

Good, then in 3-4 years everybody with average salary will qualify.

Pure Evil's picture

If someone is so concerned about their mom affording an operation, why not write Bernanke and ask him to print an extra 85 Billion a month to pay for your mom's operation along with everyone else's operation.

And, while you're at it please explain how some multinational paying their taxes is gonna somehow trickle down from the IRS and pay for your mom's operation.

In fact, why shouldn't we all pay an effective 90% tax rate so everyone's mom can have an operation, its only fair.

Here's my advice, if your mom can't afford an operation in this country, fly to Thailand. From what I hear they have highly rated hospitals that offer operations for a fraction of the cost it takes to get one in this country.



I realize most people, like welfare parasites, expect someone else to pay for their medical care.

And, isn't that what Obamacare is supposed to be all about?

LetThemEatRand's picture

I realize you do not see the connection between 400 people have more wealth than 1/2 of an entire country and a lot of moms needing to be stuffed instead of cured of shit.   But I happen to see a very direct correlation, and it has nothing to do with welfare parasites.  Quite a few hard working people are going to have to stuff mom this year so that your ideology can continue to protect the mega-yacht set.  And I would add that you don't need to have more wealth than 1/2 the country to have a mega yacht.  At some point it just gets ridiculous.

shovelhead's picture

It works on a much smaller scale as well.

Start a charitable foundation. I can testify that Deloitte is more than adept in creating strategies to er...become tax neutral. A casual conversation with a family friend opened this shadow world to me because she works with foundations for grants. Granted, I got advice for free and did the legwork myself. They don't come cheap but the benefits outweigh the costs depending on the structure.

All legal.

As simple as providing college scholarship funds to a few local kids every year.

I don't pay for drone bombing kids. I send them to school.

Aeternus's picture

The Taxodus Exitus To Pluto: The Ultimate Off-Planet Tax Haven.

DoChenRollingBearing's picture

+ 1

What happened to the Apple Rant?  OK, I deleted mine too...

Aeternus's picture

Fuck if I know.


I'll post it again.



Fuckin' hypocritical disingenuous cunts.


One set of laws for the poor and one set of laws for the rich.



DoChenRollingBearing's picture

I wrote that I disliked my iPhone.  I bought it to "improve my life", right..., LOL!  When my contract runs out, I will go buy one of those little devices where you punch buttons, and it makes a phonecall!  


ParkAveFlasher's picture

Israeli airstrike on syria hours ago.  Can't have comments negative to Apple when the ICB has so much invested.

booboo's picture

Why, because they choose to use the "laws" to their benefit or they are cutting off the means for the government to expropriate their wealth for your benefit? It's every mans duty to only pay Ceasar what is owed Ceasar. If that ain't enough tough shit, Ceasar wrote the law, bitch at him.

shovelhead's picture

I agree.

One audit by the IRS and $10,000 getting stolen from your acct. will make you an active 'revenue minimizer'.

Theres a good reason why schools teach kids how to wage earners instead of starting businesses.

The Govt. gets the employers to do their dirty work for free and confiscate the workers earnings.

LetThemEatRand's picture

The brilliance of the 400 people who have more wealth than 1/2 of the country is that they convince the average guy that somehow the 400 should not pay because you don't like to pay.  But you had to pay anyway, didn't you.  They have their money intact, and you don't.  But you defend them.  That's how it is always going to be apparently, because so many people fail to understand the difference between the truly wealthy -- most of whom inherited their wealth from robber barons or royalty many generations ago -- and the guy who makes a few hundred thousand working his ass off.

Dave Thomas's picture

The little guy, not in the 400 club should just check out. It wasn't for him in the first place.

resurger's picture

Zimbabwe is shit compared to Somalia

debtor of last resort's picture

Taxodus for multinationals, Galt for the rest. Did i say gold? Fuck multinationals, i feel like a nanex blip for several years now.

100pcDredge's picture

Jah... and so... wtf?

spanish inquisition's picture

Wait, I am confused.. Now that corporations are people, aren't they taxed on worldwide earnings like me?

Aeternus's picture

No, sorry, your just another serf on the tidal wave of useless eaters careening headlong into the barrel of cannon fodder waiting to be shot out into the blackhole abyss of unofficial undocumented statistics in a BLS file cabinet where you will sit collecting dust until the end of time.


Now pay up.



NidStyles's picture

Taxation is theft.

agent default's picture

Theft is when you are not looking.  This is in your face at gun point.  Taxation is robbery.