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Worst fears realised? Jersey shares ‘old’ records of trusts and foundations

Life’s full of surprises, some pleasant, some not so much. Imagine you had undeclared offshore assets when the global financial crisis struck, and you’ve nervously watched the world move towards TJN ‘s proposal for multilateral, automatic information exchange. Until now you’ve probably felt ok, and that you had a choice between two moves. Either you could say ‘Ok, the game’s up – I’ll use an amnesty or some kind of disclosure facility, and go straight’; or you could decide to keep hidden, using the new loopholes that are being actively promoted in Switzerland and elsewhere.

21870055935_0a6dfe5d22_bYou probably weren’t worrying too much about the past though. Information exchange will relate to existing holdings, so you just need to get things lined up before it kicks in (from September 2017 or after). But as India’s Economic Times reports,

“The worst fear of those with secret offshore bank accounts and private trusts is coming true — some tax havens are ready to part with ‘old’ records and even details of trusts and foundations that no longer exist.”

Whistleblower Ruedi Elmer vs. the Swiss ‘Justice’ System

June 2, 2017   Blog, Tax Havens, Tax Havens

We’ve regularly covered the battles of whistleblower Rudolf Elmer against the Swiss “justice” system. As we’ve said before, and as has so often been the case with those brave enough to risk all to challenge injustice and corruption, the bank was the criminal, not Rudolf Elmer. He wrote a guest blog for us here on how Switzerland corrupted its courts to nail him. We’d like to bring you up to date on his heroic struggles.

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Forthcoming book: Tax Havens and International Human Rights Law

May 8, 2017   Blog, Human Rights, Tax Havens

yTax havens cause enormous damage, not least because they block governments from fulfilling their human rights obligations.  When rich people and powerful businesses evade paying taxes by using offshore tax havens they deprive states of the revenues they need to deliver on their commitments to provide education, health, justice and security.  In this forthcoming book, Isle of Man-based lawyer Paul Beckett takes a human rights-based approach to the uses of tax havens and considers how the governments of tax havens actively connive with the process of breaching human rights. 

Review of 2016

December 31, 2016   Blog
2016: a year of fireworks (photo CC)

2016: a year of fireworks (photo CC)

2016 was the year when the world underwent profound political change. Most notably there were a series of political earthquakes in the US and Europe, with the election of Donald Trump and the decision of the UK to exit the European Union.

Going into 2017 these changes look likely to have a deep and lasting impact on tax policy and the distribution of wealth.

UN criticises Switzerland and pressure mounts over human rights impacts of tax havens

December 1, 2016   Blog, Gender, Human Rights
We’ve reported before on this blog on the groundbreaking situation whereby Switzerland—ranked number one in the Tax Justice Network’s Financial Secrecy Index – faced tough questions from a U.N. human rights body in Geneva over the toll that its tax and financial secrecy policies take on women’s rights across the globe. Now Switzerland has received strong recommendations from the U.N. Committee mandated to oversee compliance with the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) regarding its role as arguably the world’s leading tax haven. We reproduce the following from the Center for Economic and Social Rights, one of our partners in this highly significant event:
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