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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


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


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


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


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


Sixteen States' Tax Transparency Frameworks Reviewed

by Jason Gorringe,, London

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Sixteen peer review reports were released at the recent plenary meeting of the OECD Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes on October 29-30, 2015.

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IRS Says Offshore Disclosures Have Netted USD8bn

by Mike Godfrey,, Washington

Monday, October 19, 2015

With more than 54,000 US taxpayers participating in the Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program since 2009, the Internal Revenue Service announced that it has collected more than USD8bn from this initiative to date. Read Full Story


Deadline Looms For HMRC's Contractors Amnesty

by Robert Lee,, London

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Accountancy firm Moore Stephens has reminded UK contractors who used "contractor loan" tax planning schemes that they have until September 30 to finalize settlements with HM Revenue and Customs or risk significantly larger bills. Read Full Story



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