Category: Tax cheats

Swiss Come Clean Amid Data Swaps

Switzerland’s abandonment of banking secrecy for international tax dodgers is having an unexpected side effect at home: more domestic tax cheats with accounts around Europe are coming forward. If 2017 was the glide path for Switzerland’s international data-swapping agreements, this year means business: Swiss banks must automatically share client data...

New Swiss tax data exchange deals raise red flags

The automatic exchange of tax information (AIE) between countries is generally seen as an effective way of cracking down on tax cheats. But what if a country uses the data to politically oppress its citizens? It’s a burning issue facing Swiss lawmakers. This week, Swiss parliament will begin a debate...

Canadian Businesses Urge Gov’t To Scrap Tax Plans

Thirty-five Canadian business organizations have written to Finance Minister Bill Morneau to ask that he scrap proposals to crack down on the use of tax planning strategies by private corporations. The business groups have together formed the Coalition for Small Business Tax Fairness to oppose the Government’s proposals. Signatories of...

‘Come to CRA before we go to you’: International deal designed to expose offshore tax cheats

Canada and dozens of other countries will automatically share banking information of non-residents Canadians with secret overseas bank accounts could soon find themselves at risk of being exposed by a new international agreement designed to help catch tax cheats. Under the Common Reporting Standard, dozens of countries will share information...

New rules in China lay trap for tax cheats at home and abroad

New reporting regulations meant to help authorities track down evasion at home and corrupt officials overseas Beijing has ordered an overhaul of financial accounts to crack down on tax cheats at home and abroad. From July 1, all deposit-taking institutions, policy banks, investment agencies and insurers must ensure each new...

Deal that sends Canadian bank records to IRS is ‘illegal,’ lawyer tells U.S. committee

Witnesses call for repeal of Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act An agreement that has resulted in hundreds of thousands of Canadian banking records being sent to the U.S. Internal Revenue Service could violate the U.S. constitution, a congressional subcommittee heard Wednesday. Testifying before a subcommittee of the House Committee on...

Ottawa to spend $500M on pursuit of tax cheats, budget reveals

Money will be used to hire more auditors and develop computer systems to “target high-risk international tax” evasion. Tax auditors and fraud investigators have been given more than half a billion dollars to pursue tax cheats, and the government expects them to collect five times that much in additional taxes....

Bank transparency, data matching for tax purposes

The government’s plan to issue a regulation in lieu of law (Perppu) concerning banking transparency, which includes allowing the tax authority to access taxpayers’ bank data, has sparked hot public debate. The proponents argue that such an initiative is critical, outlining the fact that the government has to comply with...

Canada To Ramp Up Efforts Against Tax Evasion

The Canadian Government has said that it will review its tax ruling process and voluntary disclosures program as part of its response to recommendations made last year by a parliamentary committee. In October 2016, the Standing Committee on Finance released its report on the Canada Revenue Agency’s (CRA’s) efforts to...

CRA’s new fingerprinting policy could create travel problems for accused tax evaders

Tax agency calls mandatory fingerprinting ‘a powerful deterrent’ The Canada Revenue Agency’s new policy to fingerprint every person it charges with tax evasion could create travel problems at the U.S. border for some Canadians who haven’t had their day in court The Canada Revenue Agency has begun to record the...

IRS warns of ‘Dirty Dozen’ tax scams

MARTINSBURG — The Internal Revenue Service has started releasing this year’s top 12 scams targeting consumers known as “The Dirty Dozen.” The annually compiled list features a variety of scams the agency says are common and that taxpayers could encounter anytime, but especially during peak filing season. Phishing schemes lead...

‘Tax haven’ Canada being used by offshore cheats, Panama Papers show

Country’s reputation being exploited for ‘snow washing’ global money trails, experts warn Far from the palm-fringed beaches of the usual offshore tax havens, Canada has quietly become a go-to destination for international tax cheats eager to exploit the country’s twin benefits of a sterling reputation and rules that allow private...

CRA must toughen up voluntary disclosure for tax cheats, panel says

The Canada Revenue Agency needs to toughen up the program that offers advantageous deals to tax cheats, especially in cases where large amounts of income were not declared through deliberate schemes, a federally appointed committee says. In a report released Thursday, the Offshore Compliance Advisory Committee called for a series...

Dumping Obama’s faux foreign tax legislation should be high on Trump’s to-do list

President-elect Donald J. Trump has stated that among his top priorities will be revocation of President Barack Obama’s misguided executive orders. Among the first such items to get the ax should be a series of legally infirm international agreements to implement a monstrosity unfamiliar to most Americans, called the Foreign...

Anti-terrorism tactics should be applied to tax havens, report says

The same aggressive and uncompromising international effort used to combat terrorism must be employed to eliminate tax havens, says Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz in a report being released Tuesday. In a copy of the report, obtained by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists and shared with the Star, Stiglitz...

Australian ­Taxation Office turns to Facebook to catch cheats

Social media posts, private school records and immigration data are being used by the Australian Taxation Office as part of an increasingly sophisticated crackdown on tax cheats that yielded nearly $10 billion last year. ATO Commissioner Chris Jordan said the tax office had been investing in data collection analysis of...

CRA investigating 85 Canadians for tax evasion tied to Panama Papers

Eighty-five Canadians identified in the Panama Papers leak are now being investigated for tax evasion, the Canada Revenue Agency has revealed. Details of Canada’s enforcement effort were provided to the Star the same week the U.K., which is a major hub of the offshore finance world, said it has launched...

US ambassador asks Swiss banks to service Americans

Several Swiss banks have received a letter from the United States Ambassador to Bern, Suzan LeVine, asking them not to shun US citizens who want to open accounts in Switzerland. Many Swiss banks have frozen out US clients, and even closed down existing accounts, in the wake of a damaging...

Canadians in Panama Papers shouldn’t expect a tax deal, CRA says

More than 2,000 files under review, 85 taxpayers under audit National Revenue Minister Diane Lebouthillier said in a statement Monday that a few thousand files are now being pursued by the tax agency after it sifted through the Panama Papers. Canadians implicated in the Panama Papers shouldn’t expect any leniency...

Treasury proposal may fine tax evaders up to 200% of amount owed

Tougher stance follows Theresa May’s leadership campaign promise to be more punitive of tax evasion and avoidance The Treasury is proposing new rules to punish offshore tax evaders who fail to come clean about their finances before September 2018, with fines of up to 200% of the amount owed. Published...

«Delaware» Crackdown: All Bark and No Bite?

The U.S. has used judicial might to successfully pursue offshore tax cheats all over the world. A little-noticed new rule introduced by Barack Obama’s administration gets tough on U.S. states such as Delaware and Nevada, which are notorious for murky shelters often used for illicit purposes. But there is a...

Panama Ambassador to U.S.: Our Transparency Commitment Remains Strong

Four months since the so-called “Panama Papers” made global headlines, Panama continues a path of reform aimed at improving financial transparency and closing loopholes exploited by foreign tax cheats. Among our steps, we established an independent committee to examine Panama’s laws and regulations and make recommendations for strengthening them. While...

CRA convicts a fraction of offshore tax evaders: Exclusive

As worldwide pressure grows to fight offshore tax evasion, new statistics obtained by the Star show the Canadian government has convicted only 49 people and levied just $13.4 million in fines for what it calls offshore activity since 2010. These numbers are far lower than in comparable countries and show...

Banks to hand over offshore tax files

The Trudeau government has won a round in its battle against offshore tax cheats. Two banks have agreed to give the federal revenue minister information from the accounts of a Caribbean financial institution to help the government crack down on Canadian tax evaders. The Federal Court of Canada has approved...

CRA has double standard for tax cheats

The CRA won’t divulge the identities of people convicted for stashing millions offshore, but it names and shames those caught owing small amounts of tax. The Canada Revenue Agency claims at least nine people have been convicted of offshore tax evasion over the last two years, receiving $4 million in...

CRA has double standard for tax cheats

The CRA won’t divulge the identities of people convicted for stashing millions offshore, but it names and shames those caught owing small amounts of tax. The Canada Revenue Agency claims at least nine people have been convicted of offshore tax evasion over the last two years, receiving $4 million in...

Deals Canada signed to catch tax cheats allow billions in taxes to escape

Montreal-based clothing maker Gildan earned $396 million in profit last year, but paid just over $6 million in cash taxes — a rate of about two per cent. Drug maker Valeant, based in nearby Laval, Que., booked $1.1 billion in profit in 2014 but paid only $110 million in tax....

Australia announces multinational tax avoidance in federal budget

Australia announced a further crackdown on multinational tax avoidance in its annual budget on Tuesday, including the planned introduction of a UK-style diverted profits tax (DPT), that it expects to raise A$3.9 billion over the next four years. The government is creating a new Tax Avoidance Taskforce of 1,000 specialist...

Tax evasion prosecutions in Canada fall dramatically

Prosecutions for tax evasion almost halved across Canada in just three years, figures released to Global News show. Fewer Canadians were taken to court for tax evasion in every part of the country between 2012-13 and 2014-15. In Ontario, cases fell to 47 from 119 just three years earlier. Manitoba...

Govt seeks feedback on NZ implementation of OECD, G20 push to ‘end banking secrecy as we have known it’

The Government has released an issues paper on New Zealand’s implementation of an OECD initiative the OECD claims will “end banking secrecy as we have known it.” The OECD’s Automatic Exchange Of Information (AEOI) initiative is setting a global standard for sharing information between countries with the aim of reducing...

Dob-in-a-tax-cheat reward being considered by government

Cash rewards for dobbing in multinational tax cheats and greater protection for whistleblowers are being considered by the Turnbull government to reduce tax avoidance. In the US, whistleblowers who have provided information that lead authorities to tax cheats have received a cut of the billions of dollars recouped. Assistant Treasurer...

IRS 80- Swiss Banks 0

The formal IRS/Department of Justice (DOJ) Swiss Bank Program has concluded with 80 Swiss banks coming forward. The banks agreed to provide information about personnel, depositors and advisors who were participated in or assisted U.S. taxpayers in offshore tax evasion. In addition to disclosure and cooperation with investigations each of...

End nears for tax cheats

The government aims to turn the screws on tax delinquents this year as well as those who have escaped the taxman’s radar, finance minister Harris Georgiades told MPs on Tuesday. The Tax Department is preparing to launch a drive to track down and tax the owners of luxury assets, such...

Global dragnet puts pressure on tax evaders as year-end deadlines loom

Tax cheats are facing a series of year-end deadlines to come clean, as an international dragnet affecting both wealthy Canadians with offshore accounts and Americans in Canada who have failed to file U.S. tax returns keeps tightening. Lawyers say some Canadians with Swiss bank accounts have received letters demanding written...

The ugly face of FATCA: Why life for American expats is getting harder

The Foreign Account Compliance Act (FACTA), while designed to “minimize tax cheats”, is making banking — and life in general — painfully difficult for millions of American expats, according to Mike Michelini, a Hong Kong-based business consultant withglobalfromasia.com. Here is his editorial. Under FACTA, all 8 million or so Americans...

Google, Apple and Starbucks would face ‘laughable’ fines for tax dodging under new rules

£300 penalties would be dwarfed by millions in potential profits for firms that take advantage of tax-avoidance schemes Huge multinational companies that dodge millions of pounds in tax in the UK and around the world face “laughable” fines of £300 under new rules proposed by HM Revenue and Customs. The...

Banks, MFs ask US NRIs to submit FATCA certificates

MUMBAI: Indian banks and mutual funds have in the past fortnight started warning NRIs who hold an American passport or are working in the US that their accounts could be frozen unless they get a tax-compliant certificate from US authorities, thanks to a treaty signed by New Delhi and Washington....