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Ireland Extends Deadline For Disclosure Scheme

by Jason Gorringe,, London

Friday, April 28, 2017

The Irish Revenue has extended the deadline for qualifying offshore disclosures until May 4, ahead of a major change to the voluntary disclosure rules. Read Full Story


India, Seychelles To Exchange Tax Information

by Mary Swire,, Hong Kong

Friday, September 16, 2016

The tax information exchange agreement between India and Seychelles has entered into force, the Indian tax agency has said. Read Full Story


South Korea Sees Surge In Offshore Disclosures

by Mary Swire,, Hong Kong

Thursday, September 15, 2016

There was a substantial increase in disclosures by South Korean taxpayers about their overseas financial assets during the first six months of the year, South Korea's tax agency has said. 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


NZ Inquiry Launched On Foreign Trust Disclosure Rules

by Mary Swire,, Hong Kong

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

New Zealand's Minister of Finance, Simon English, and the Minister of Revenue, Michael Woodhouse, has established a government inquiry into Foreign Trust Disclosure Rules. Read Full Story


Indonesian FM Pushes For Tax Amnesty Law

by Mary Swire,, Hong Kong

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Indonesia's Minister of Finance, Bambang Brodjonegoro, is urging the passage of the draft Tax Amnesty Tax Bill to boost compliance rates. Read Full Story


Nordea Bank Refutes Offshore Evasion Reports

by Ulrika Lomas,, Brussels

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Nordea, the largest financial services group in Northern Europe, has hit back at media claims that its private banking arm is a "provider of tax haven structures for its customers." Read Full Story


Turin Magistrate Starts Italy's Panama Investigation

by Ulrika Lomas,, Brussels

Monday, April 11, 2016

In an investigation being led by magistrates in Turin, the Guardia di Finanza (the Italian financial police) have begun an investigation of Italians that may be linked to the offshore bank accounts referred to in the so-called "Panama papers." Read Full Story


South Africa Initiates Investigation Of Panama Accounts

by Lorys Charalambous,, Cyprus

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Noting reports that certain South Africans that may be linked to offshore bank accounts in the so-called "Panama papers," the country's Ministry of Finance has confirmed that the relevant agencies always investigate such reports to ensure that those that have these types of links have complied with the law. 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



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