Markus Meinzer

Director of Policy

Short bio

Dr. Markus Meinzer is Director of Policy at the Tax Justice Network. He authored the book “Tax Haven Germany” (“Steueroase Deutschland”), published in 2015 at C.H. Beck, and was TJN’s principal investigator on the COFFERS EU research project under Horizon 2020 (Combating Fiscal Fraud and Empowering Regulators) and engages in the same function in the TRACE Horizon 2020 research project (Tracking illicit money flows). He has published widely on international tax policy and financial secrecy regulation. He obtained his PhD in economics at Utrecht University in 2019 ("Countering cross-border tax evasion and avoidance. An assessment of OECD policy design from 2008 to 2018"). Prior to this, he studied development economics as a component of his political science degree at the Free University of Berlin, and was an exchange student at the University of Sussex (UK).

Author’s contribution.
Flags of Countries in front of the United Nations Office at Geneva

🔴Live: UN tax negotiations

By Tax Justice Network ■ 25 April 2024 ■ 14 min READ

IMF challenges ineffective FATF approach to money-laundering

By Markus Meinzer ■ 12 September 2023 ■ 6 min READ

New study and tool for assessing risks of illicit financial flows in Latin America

By Markus Meinzer ■ 28 January 2021 ■ 8 min READ

The Corporate Tax Haven Index: a Joint Research Centre audit

By Markus Meinzer ■ 15 December 2020 ■ 4 min READ
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Feedback to EU Commission’s roadmap to tackle tax fraud and evasion

By Markus Meinzer ■ 2 April 2020 ■ 7 min READ

What criminal clans and German family businesses have in common

By Markus Meinzer ■ 22 February 2020 ■ 4 min READ
UN building in New York City

Adapt or step aside: pressure on OECD to reform pre-World War II tax rules as UN convenes historic tax meeting

By Markus Meinzer ■ 24 April 2019 ■ 5 min READ
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Why the German government’s blockade of corporate transparency is harming all of us

By Markus Meinzer ■ 23 October 2018 ■ 5 min READ

Register for the 4th International Conference on Beneficial Ownership Registries, Argentina

By Markus Meinzer ■ 31 July 2018 ■ < 1
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Why is Germany siding with the tax havens against corporate transparency?

By Markus Meinzer ■ 13 July 2018 ■ 3 min READ

Financial Secrecy Index updates and the importance of open data

By Markus Meinzer ■ 11 April 2018 ■ 3 min READ

Financial Secrecy Index 2018 – Launch Date January, 30th

By Markus Meinzer ■ 12 December 2017 ■ 2 min READ ■ 2 comments

EU tax haven blacklist must not be watered down

By Markus Meinzer ■ 3 November 2017 ■ 2 min READ

Job opening at TJN extended: Researcher (African Hub, francophone)

By Markus Meinzer ■ 4 October 2017 ■ 2 min READ

DEADLINE EXTENDED Job opening – Head of Operations

By Markus Meinzer ■ 8 September 2017 ■ 2 min READ ■ 1 comments

New Job Openings at TJN: Researcher (African Hub, franco- & anglophone)

By Markus Meinzer ■ 2 August 2017 ■ 2 min READ

Germany rejects beneficial ownership transparency

By Markus Meinzer ■ 18 May 2017 ■ 5 min READ

Business leaders for a public registry of beneficial ownership in Germany

By Markus Meinzer ■ 25 April 2017 ■ 3 min READ

Call for pro-bono research assistance on financial secrecy

By Markus Meinzer ■ 2 December 2016 ■ 2 min READ

Press Release: Has the European Commission’s Apple decision signalled the beginning of the end of tax wars?

By Markus Meinzer ■ 30 August 2016 ■ 4 min READ

Second high-level symposium on beneficial ownership transparency in Buenos Aires, August 31st/September 1st

By Markus Meinzer ■ 30 August 2016 ■ < 1

Book review: Global Tax Governance – What is wrong with it and how to fix it

By Markus Meinzer ■ 2 August 2016 ■ 7 min READ ■ 1 comments

The Financial Secrecy Index Methodological Review – Results of the Stakeholder Survey

By Markus Meinzer ■ 26 July 2016 ■ 2 min READ

The G20 and OECD tax haven blacklist proposals risk becoming another whitewash

By Markus Meinzer ■ 22 July 2016 ■ 5 min READ ■ 1 comments