More Germans Disclosing Hidden Funds

February 22, 2010 Offshore BankingOffshore TaxationTax HavensTaxation in GermanyTaxation in Switzerland

Swiss BankGerman nationals are declaring their hidden Swiss based assets in increasing numbers, after the Government disclosed its intention to purchase data on tax evaders with bank accounts in Switzerland.

The German Government has reported that its latest move in the fight against tax evasion is having a positive effect, with a sharply increased number of German nationals opting to voluntarily disclose their hidden bank accounts. Since the Government announced its intention to purchase information on 1 500 German tax evaders, an additional 3 021 voluntary declarations have been made to local tax authorities across the country. Four German states have already revealed that their combined disclosure holdings amount to €233 million.

On February 2nd the German Government announced its intention to ...

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NY Police Chief Jailed For Tax Fraud

February 19, 2010 Taxation in USA

Flat Stanley Has a Run in with the LawBernard Kerik, the former New York Police Commissioner, has been given a four year jail sentence after pleading guilty to eight separate felonies, including tax fraud and deceiving White House officials.

The US Prosecutor’s Office revealed on February 18th that Bernard Kerik has been given jail time after hiding USD255 000 he was gifted by a construction firm. It was alleged that in exchange for the gift Bernard Kerik contacted several government regulators to recommend the firm to receive government contracts; though he never disclosed the payments in his tax returns. He is currently confined to his residence, and the prosecution has recommended that the prison sentence begin immediately...

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France Creates Own Tax Blacklist

February 18, 2010 International Tax CooperationOffshore BankingOffshore TaxationTax HavensTaxation in France

Christine Lagarde - World Economic Forum Annual Meeting Davos 2009Recently released documents have revealed that the French Government has drawn up a list of 18 nations which it deems to not have adequately complied with international taxation and fiscal standards. French organizations carrying out financial transactions with any of the listed jurisdictions will be faced with significant punitive tax measures.

In a document signed by Christine Lagarde, Economy Minister of France, and Eric Woerth, Budget Minister of France, and made public on February 16th, the Government announced that dividends, service fees, royalties, and interest paid by a French entity to a beneficiary in a blacklisted country will be faced with a 50 percent tax...

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Cutting N. Ireland’s Tax Could Create 90000 Jobs

February 17, 2010 Taxation in UK

Stormont the seat of government in Northern IrelandAccording to a report released by the Northern Ireland Economic Reform Group (NIERG), reducing Northern Ireland’s corporate tax rate to 12.5 percent could create 90 000 new jobs within two decades.

The NIERG has claimed that the Northern Ireland Government’s current tax rate of 28 percent , and scheme of awarding grants to businesses, is not sustainable, and needs to be changed soon in order to spurn the nation’s economic development. Projections within the report show that reducing the corporate tax rate to the lowest EU allowable level will ultimately have a positive long term effect on Northern Ireland’s tax revenues and employment. The immediate consequence of the tax cut will be a £200 million drop in corporate tax revenues with further effects across income and Value Added taxes...

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Serious Security Breach in Latvian Tax Office

February 16, 2010 Taxation in Latvia

Money at handThe Latvian State Revenue Service (SRS) has admitted that a possible 7.4 million documents have been leaked from its computer system. The information is reputed to have contained tax codes, rates of pay and income levels for individuals, corporate entities, and known public figures.

Spurned by a television report, the SRS released a statement on February 15th confirming that the service had experienced a data leak, but declined to provide any further detail on the extent of the security breach. Speculation has surfaced that over 120 gigabytes of tax return information has been downloaded from the department’s databases over a three month period.

The responsibility for the leak was claimed by the previously unheard of UK-based group 4ATA, which claims to have been established “to fight f...

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