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Hong Kong's Financial Services and the Treasury Bureau has launched public consultations on legislative proposals to increase the transparency of corporate beneficial ownership in the city, and to enhance its regulatory regime for combating money laundering and terrorist financing. Read Full Story
On December 16, Mauritius's Financial Services Commission and the Financial Services Promotion Agency condemned a Oxfam policy paper labeling Mauritius a tax haven. Read Full Story
The individuals behind the Internal Revenue Service impersonation and telefraud schemes will be brought to justice, US Assistant Attorney General Leslie Caldwell and Russell George, the Inspector General for the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration, said on October 27. Read Full Story
The Italian Government has proposed including undeclared domestic assets, including cash and bearer bonds, in a relaunch of its voluntary disclosure program next year. Read Full Story
Trinidad and Tobago has signed a customs cooperation and information exchange treaty with the US. Read Full Story
The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network issued further Geographic Targeting Orders that will temporarily require US title insurance companies to identify the natural persons behind shell companies that use "all cash" (without bank financing) to purchase high-end residential real estate in six major metropolitan areas. Read Full Story
The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development says that Saint Lucia is "largely compliant" with international standards on transparency and the exchange of information in tax matters. Read Full Story
Switzerland's Foreign Illicit Assets Act will enter into force on July 1, providing a new regulatory framework for the freezing, confiscation, and the restitution of illicitly acquired assets. Read Full Story
Belize's Financial Intelligence Unit and Belize Police have signed a memorandum of understanding to strengthen the territory's safeguards against financial crime. Read Full Story
The Philippines Department of Finance has tabled before the Congress a slew of amendments aimed at further strengthening the country's anti-money laundering and bank secrecy laws. Read Full Story
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