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Barbados Rejects UK Push For Public Beneficial Ownership Register

by Mike Godfrey,, Washington

Friday, May 11, 2018

Barbados's Minister of Industry, International Business, Commerce, and Small Business Development, Donville Inniss, has told a Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) conference there is no support on the island for a public register of beneficial ownership. 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


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


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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Switzerland, Italy Treaty Announcement 'Imminent'

by Ulrika Lomas,, Brussels

Monday, January 12, 2015

An announcement is expected imminently on the terms of the long-awaited revised tax treaty between Italy and Switzerland, reports say. Read Full Story


ICC Hails Progress On Automatic Exchange Of Information

by Mike Godfrey,, Washington

Monday, November 3, 2014

The International Chamber of Commerce has welcomed an agreement reached this week by over 90 countries to automatically exchange tax information, describing the development as an important milestone for the international tax reform agenda. Read Full Story


Automatic Info Exchange Moves A Step Closer

by Ulrika Lomas,, Brussels

Friday, October 31, 2014

On October 29, 2014, 51 jurisdictions signed a Multilateral Competent Authority Agreement on the automatic exchange of information that will enable "early adopters" to begin sharing data by September 2017. Read Full Story


Dutch Banking Tax Study Flawed, Says ABN AMRO

by Ulrika Lomas,, Brussels

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Dutch bank ABN AMRO has criticized a new report, The Fair Banking Guide, published by the Dutch BankWiser after an investigation into international tax avoidance in the Dutch banking sector. Read Full Story


Swiss To Take Tough Stance On Client Data Leaks

by Ulrika Lomas,, Brussels

Monday, August 18, 2014

The Swiss Federal Council has backed calls to close a legal loophole that currently makes those who pass on client data stolen from a financial institution or use it for their own benefit ineligible for prosecution. Read Full Story


Jersey To Oust Abusive UK Tax Scheme Promoters

by Jason Gorringe,, London

Thursday, August 7, 2014

After a statement from the Jersey Government that it does not wish to host promoters of abusive tax avoidance schemes to UK participants, Jersey promoters will be required, from October 1, 2014, to inform the Financial Services Commission of any schemes falling under the ambit of the UK's Disclosure of Tax Avoidance Scheme regime. Read Full Story



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