Is Gibraltar a tax haven?
Well, obviously, it's because it's a tax haven. Or at least that's what Spain says (and Simon Jenkins and Richard Murphy, obviously). But the OECD disagree - Gibraltar is on the white list of countries that have applied internationally recognised tax standards. Naturally, however, the slur of tax haven (or 'fiscal parasite' as the Spanish prefer it) is too good a one to drop merely because it's not true.
"Here, a tax haven is a place that has a VAT of less than 21 percent, a marginal rate of income tax of less than 56 percent and a tax on companies that is less than 30 percent of their profits," says Paula Papp, an expert from International Financial Analysts.If your definition of a tax haven stretches to include France, Denmark, Norway and Germany then its probably a touch too broad.