Tax diplomacy just got more complicated for Offshore Financial Centres (OFCs) following the success of the BREXIT campaign. Coupled with the prospect of another election after Prime Minister Cameron’s decision to step down in October, there hasn’t been much by way of ‘good news’ for OFCs in the last few hours. Here’s why BREXIT threatens… More Why BREXIT is Bad News for OFCs
Switzerland looks to be one step closer to responding to requests for information based on stolen data once that data is in the public domain. This is because the Swiss Federal Council has adopted a dispatch on certain proposed amendments to its Tax Administrative Assistance programme that will ease the rules on the use of… More Will International Rules on Tax Information Exchange Fuel a Market for Stolen Tax-Payer Data?
The Q&A with me on Page 9 which covers the issues which have been brought into sharp focus by the theft of the ‘Panama Papers’ is set out below: IFC: As more IFCs sign up to FATCA & the OECD’s Automatic Exchange of Information Standard, do you see a fundamental shift in policy happening in the… More The Movement of Wealth, Transparency, the Right to Privacy…and More
A paltry 110 people out of a population of just over million in the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) were found with HSBC bank accounts according to the information leaked by HSBC’s whistle-blower, Hervé Falciani. Moreover, the amount allegedly stashed in HSBC’s Private Bank is just under US2billion . A potentially statistically irrelevant amount compared to the estimated hundreds… More When the Numbers Don’t Add Up.
Fancy a peek at Facebook’s earnings and tax bills? Tax Eurocrats certainly do. So keen are they to compel the world’s largest multinational corporations to open their tax arrangements with EU governments to full public scrutiny that the European Commission is expected to table the necessary legislation in April. Tax legislation in the EU… More What a Tangled Web!
No, not the popular Richard Quest from the CNN show. The other Mr. Quest – Director General for Taxation and Customs Union, European Commission, Stephen Quest – who apparently also ‘means business’ when it comes to piloting the EU’s aggressive package of tax avoidance measures through the Economic and Financial Affairs Council of the European Union . His department is responsible for… More Quest Means Business.
“For its part, Ottawa must decide if and when it will introduce legislation to implement BEPS and, having regard to the international competitiveness of Canadian business, to what extent it will do so without firm commitments that our major trading and treaty partners will follow suit – in particular the United States, where the legislative… More Competitiveness, Tax and Unilateral State Action. A Canadian Perspective.