One: As part of its tax avoidance agenda, the EU has proposed a new approach to deal with third countries that refuse to comply with tax good governance standards. The aim is to replace the current medley of national lists with a single EU list of third countries, which would result from a fair and objective… More Six Things You Need to Know Now About The EU Common Blacklist.
Today, speaking to the BBC on BREXIT, Nicola Sturgeon, Scottish First Minister and leader of the Scottish National Party, made it clear that not only did she believe that Scotland could block BREXIT, she is prepared to give it a try! This breaking news has given rise to the question: Could Scotland become the new… More Could Scotland Become OFCs New BFF?
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
@ So tonight’s PBBC Panarama programme on the Panama Papers was a total yawn.Besides the tepid reporting and comical ‘stings’ on a couple of people whose names turned up in the leaked files there was not much else to recommend it. However, the post BBC news clip about the leaks which featured the now, well-worn innuendo about… More Why the’Panama Papers’ Could Implode the OECD AEOI Agenda.
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.