The Value of IFCS and Focusing on Facts Rather than Fiction

  • Geoff Cook
Part of the The World of Small States book series (WSS, volume 3)


The chapter takes issue with reoccurring claims by NGOs and pressure groups that certain Small States and Overseas Territories are tax havens. It argues that IFCs in Small States fulfil an important function.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Jersey FinanceEsplanadeJersey

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