So, lds church for-profit companies implicated in Panama Papers stuff and disaffected Mormon internet is all up on that.
— Andrew S (@GASpriggs) May 10, 2016
Yesterday, the ICIJ released its searchable Panama Papers database. (For some background on the Panama Papers, you can look my BCC post or my Surly Subgroup post. Or the ICIJ’s site.) Some enterprising individual appears to have plugged Mormon-related words into the search bar, and came up with at least two hits: Bonneville International and Deseret Investment.
Now, this is exactly what we’re supposed to be doing with this database: searching for those who think they can use tax havens to avoid meeting their obligations. So should you be outraged that the church is doing this?
Short answer: no. But I’m a law professor, so the short answer is never enough. [Read more…]