Dirty Little Secrets: Tax Havens in the U.S. and U.K.

Author Nicholas Shaxson’s newest book Treasure Islands: Uncovering the Damage of Offshore Banking and Tax Havens, exposes the dirty secret that Britain and the United States are the world’s two most important tax havens. They perpetuate a system in which the richest companies and individuals get away with not paying taxes while the poorest suffer. 

The Financial Accountability and Corporate Transparency (FACT) coalition and the Open Society Foundations present a discussion with Nicholas Shaxson and Rebecca Wilkins, an expert on offshore financing and tax evasion. The panelists will discuss how the United States and the UK perpetuate the use of tax havens and its impact on the global economy and developing world.


  • Nicholas Shaxson, author of Treasure Islands: Uncovering the Damage of Offshore Banking and Tax Havens
  • Rebecca Wilkins, Senior Counsel, Citizens for Tax Justice
  • Sarah Pray, Policy Analyst, Open Society Foundations (moderator)

Light refreshments will be served.

The FACT coalition seeks to achieve greater accountability and transparency within financial institutions, corporations, and government. The FACT coalition focuses on closing tax loopholes, requiring business ownership information, strengthening anti-money laundering laws and making corporate tax contributions more transparent.  

Date: April 14, 2011
Time: 10:0011:30 a.m.

OSI-Washington, D.C.

Sarah Pray, Nicholas Shaxson, and Rebecca Wilkins