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Switzerland Publishes Review Of 2021 Tax Progress

Thursday, January 20, 2022

As part of its commitment to fighting cross-border tax evasion and profit shifting, Switzerland sent information on over 3m financial accounts in 2021, according to a new review of the Swiss financial center by the State Secretariat for International Financial Matters. Read Full Story


Juncker Grilled By European Parliament Tax Committee

by Ulrika Lomas,, Brussels

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Jean-Claude Juncker has asked members of the European Parliament to judge him on his record on tackling tax avoidance and evasion as the current President of the European commission, not in his previous roles in the Luxembourg Government. Read Full Story


50 Countries To Automatically Exchange Tax Data: OECD

by Ulrika Lomas,, Brussels

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Over 50 jurisdictions have committed to automatically exchange tax information under the OECD's Common Reporting Standard. Read Full Story


Swiss Private Banks Reflect On AEOI Initiatives

by Ulrika Lomas,, Brussels

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

The Association of Swiss Private Banks has said that the introduction of new international standards for the automatic exchange of tax information will only achieve their objective if all financial centers exchange the same type of information with the same partners, at the same time. Read Full Story


Five States Agree To Adopt New Tax Transparency Standard

by Ulrika Lomas,, Brussels

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Bahrain, Lebanon, Nauru, Panama, and Vanuatu - five territories that were earlier criticized for not following tax transparency standards – have newly committed to sharing financial account information automatically with other countries. Read Full Story


Panama Must Put Its House In Order, Says OECD

by Ulrika Lomas,, Brussels

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

The OECD has said Panama must ensure that it fully implements international tax transparency standards, describing the territory as the "last major holdout" that allows funds to be hidden offshore. Read Full Story


Swiss Court Announces Sentence For HSBC Data Leak

by Ulrika Lomas,, Brussels

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Hervé Falciani, who leaked details of accounts held by his former employer HSBC Private Bank in Switzerland to foreign tax authorities, was convicted while absent for economic espionage by the Swiss Federal Criminal Court. The Court's written opinion has yet to be published. Read Full Story


Liechtenstein Rated "Largely Compliant" By OECD

by Ulrika Lomas,, Brussels

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Liechtenstein's Prime Minister, Adrian Hasler, has welcomed recognition from the international community for its efforts to improve tax transparency. Read Full Story


Italy Ratifies Switzerland, Monaco, Liechtenstein TIEAs

by Ulrika Lomas,, Brussels

Monday, August 31, 2015

Italy's Cabinet on August 7 approved legislation to ratify the tax agreements signed with Switzerland, Liechtenstein, and Monaco. Read Full Story


Switzerland Postpones Withholding Tax Reforms

by Ulrika Lomas,, Brussels

Thursday, June 25, 2015

The Swiss Federal Council is to postpone a planned overhaul of the withholding tax system and re-examine the appropriateness of the reforms at a later date. Read Full Story



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