Category: Tax disclosure amnesty

Brazil’s Rousseff signs amnesty to undeclared offshore assets

BRASILIA, Jan 14 (Reuters) – Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff on Thursday signed a bill that gives amnesty to holders of undeclared offshore assets in exchange for a fine, part of efforts to cut a swelling budget gap and revive investment in the recession-hit economy. The law offers amnesty from prosecution...

Foreign Banks Pay To Avoid Tax Evasion Charges As More Americans Disclose Offshore Accounts

Lately, the IRS is warning offshore account holders to disclose before it’s too late. Under FATCA, banks everywhere want to know if you are compliant with the IRS. And the cost of compliance for many people is growing. The IRS updated its list of foreign banks where accounts trigger a...

Miscalculate tax on a holiday home or inheritance? You could soon be branded a criminal

Holiday home owners and others who inadvertantly break new tax rules could be ‘criminalised’ Holiday home owners who miscalculate tax owed, and those inheriting offshore money, face having their income wiped out entirely due to new penalties and punishments being introduced in the New Year. HM Revenue & Customs has...

Indonesia considers new tax incentives for employees: Minister

JAKARTA (REUTERS)- Indonesia is considering offering tax incentives for employees as part of the country’s current efforts to spur economic growth through changes to its tax regime, Coordinating Minister for Economics Darmin Nasution said on Tuesday (Nov 17). The government of South-east Asia’s largest economy has introduced several other incentives...

FATCA Helps IRS Net £5 Billion In Lost Tax

The US Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) has helped grab £5.17 billion in lost tax held in secret offshore bank accounts. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has revealed the figures in a FATCA update. The IRS says the controversial law has made identifying offshore cash and investments that taxpayers...

Brazil eyes offshore cash in bid to boost gov’t revenue

PSDB amendment in Lower House cuts Speaker Cunha out of deal, but Senate still has final say BRASILIA — The Lower House of Brazil’s Congress has approved a controversial amnesty bill for undeclared offshore assets, despite criticism from opposition lawmakers who say it would allow the laundering of illegally gained...

Brazil lower house passes amnesty for unreported offshore assets

BRASILIA, Nov 11 (Reuters) – The lower house of Brazil’s Congress approved amnesty for undeclared offshore assets on Wednesday despite criticism from opposition lawmakers who said it would allow the laundering of illegally gained money. To reduce its budget deficit, President Dilma Rousseff’s government is hoping to raise 11 billion...

Tax amnesty set

HALF a billion dollars worth of assets previously unaccounted for were declared following the passing of a law to establish a tax amnesty scheme designed for Fijians to declare all their assets held overseas Attorney-General and Minister for Finance Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, in his 2016 National Budget address, said there was...

Critical Guidelines for Taxpayers with Foreign Bank Accounts & Amnesty Program Information

Ayar Law Group speaks about amnesty programs expiring as foreign banks comply with FATCA. Read more: http://www.digitaljournal.com/pr/2728314#ixzz3qQF5Tmeq Nov. 2, 2015 / PRZen / VANCOUVER, British Columbia — The unofficial period of grace to reveal foreign bank accounts to the IRS is ending for U.S. taxpayers. Those who don’t comply with...

Tax amnesty deadline approaches – use it or lose it

At the end of this year an amnesty for UK tax resident persons whose offshore income and gains have not been disclosed to HMRC closes, and it is important the implications are understood according to Michael Crowe, a director at Grant Thornton in the Isle of Man. In the UK’s...

IRS Offshore Account Penalties Go Up, More Banks Sign U.S. Disclosure Deal

The number of banks with deferred prosecution agreements with the U.S. government keeps growing. The subject is tax evasion involving American account holders. Today, under FATCA, banks everywhere want to know if you are compliant with the IRS. And the IRS keeps updating its list of foreign banks where offshore...

Internal Revenue Service Issues Stern Warning To Non-Compliant Taxpayers With Offshore Holdings

Just one day after the October 15 deadline for filing personal income tax returns on extension, the Internal Revenue Service issued a strongly-worded warning to non-compliant taxpayers: take action now to fix your problem, or face serious consequences. At the same time, the IRS revealed, for the first time, that...

Jersey chief minister ‘disappointed’ at Miliband letter

Jersey’s chief minister Ian Gorst has formally expressed his “disappointment” with statements from Labour Party leader Ed Miliband about tax transparency and disclosure efforts by UK overseas territories. In an open letter to the Opposition leader, Gorst said the Island government had reiterated “many times” in past discussions with the...

Jump In Foreign Requests For UK Tax Information

The number of requests from foreign governments for tax information from the UK rose by 45 percent in 2013, according to international law firm Pinsent Masons. 2,466 requests were received by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) in the year to December 31, 2013, up from 1,701 recorded in 2012. James...

Canada Launches Anti-Evasion Electronic Funds Transfer Initiative

New Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) rules have entered into force in Canada, requiring certain financial intermediaries to report incoming and outgoing transfers of CAD10,000 (USD8,446) or more to the Canada Revenue Agency. On January 7, 2015, Revenue Minister Kerry-Lynne D. Findlay announced the launch of the CRA’s EFT initiative. Effective...

Should You Participate in the IRS Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program?

2014 marked a significant increase in the enforcement efforts by the IRS and Department of Justice against non-compliant U.S. taxpayers who failed to report their off-shore bank accounts and earnings.  Grand Jury proceedings have been in full force and various criminal proceedings have been instituted.  IRS investigations continue to increase...

Voluntary disclosure in Israel- it’s time to become compliant

January 8 2015 As of 2003, Israeli tax residents are subject to tax in Israel on their worldwide income, including passive income (i.e., interest, dividends and capital gains) generated in their offshore bank accounts. Although more than a decade has passed, many Israeli residents have still not reported on income...

Tax evasion by super rich hurts every Australian

We will probably never know their names, but one thing we do know – one in 20 of the richest people in Australia tried to evade paying their fair share of tax in recent years. By what authority do we know this? By none other than the Australian Taxation Office....

Swiss Bankers in Limbo After U.S. Jury Clears Ex-UBS Manager

The courtroom victory of the only Swiss banker to beat the U.S. in a trial over offshore tax evasion may embolden other indicted financial workers to leave a legal limbo some have endured more than five years. Twenty-five offshore bankers, lawyers and advisers have yet to answer U.S. Justice Department...

Business Lobby Urges Tax Amnesty for Reinvestment in Indonesia

Jakarta. A leading business lobby with strong ties to the administration of President Joko Widodo has called for a tax amnesty, in which the authorities will waive off past taxes and penalties to conglomerates and individuals parking billions of dollars worth of funds overseas, in a bid to reinvest that...

Billionaire Usmanov transfers key assets to Russian jurisdiction

“These measures were taken in line with the policy announced by President Vladimir Putin for the Russian economy’s de-offshorization,” USM Holdings owned by billionaire Alisher Usmanov said MOSCOW, December 19. /TASS/. USM Holdings owned by billionaire Alisher Usmanov is transferring key assets to Russian holding companies, USM said in a...

Medvedev: Capital Return Amnesty Not About ‘Dragging’ Money Back to Russia

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev stated that Moscow does not intend to “physically drag money” to Russia in the framework of amnesty for capital returning to country suggested by Russian President Vladimir Putin. MOSCOW, December 13 (Sputnik) — Moscow does not intend to “physically drag money” to Russia in the...

ATO tax amnesty nets billions, but hunt for rich with secret Swiss accounts continues

Thousands of rich Australians have come forward to declare billions of dollars in untaxed assets and income stashed in bank accounts in Switzerland and in other countries. The rush comes as what the Australian Taxation office says is the last tax amnesty it will ever offer comes to an end....

Putin welcomes billionaires back to Russia – but will they come?

President Putin’s surprise amnesty allowing Russians with cash stashed abroad to bring it back home with no penalty may be a windfall, but then maybe not. The US, Mexico, Italy, Kazakhstan, and many others have tried it with varied success. When financial crises hit, governments have tried to reel in...

Tax moratorium, western sanctions to facilitate Putin’s offshore amnesty — experts

Economy  December 04, 17:06 UTC+3 Vladimir Putin announced an all-out amnesty for offshore capital to return Russian capital from foreign jurisdictions MOSCOW, December 4. /TASS/. Russia’s moratorium on tax hikes and western sanctions that provoked a cautious attitude to money from Russia will facilitate offshore capital amnesty announced by President...

How the HMRC helped tax avoiders stay ahead of the law – by shifting cash for Switzerland to Liechtenstein

It was billed as a multi-billion pound windfall for the long-suffering UK taxpayer, with HM Revenue & Customs getting its hands on a huge reservoir of untaxed “black money” stashed in Switzerland by wealthy subjects to keep it safe from the taxman. But the estimated take from what the former...

ATO issues warning on offshore income

The tax office said that Australia’s commitment to the automatic global exchange of information will mean accessing overseas banking information will become easier and hiding income and assets offshore will become harder. “Recent developments in exchange of information between countries and improved data matching capability mean there’s nowhere left to...

UK: In Uncle Sam’s Footsteps

When FATCA was signed by Barack Obama in 2010, many commentators were quick to argue that such ‘breathtakingly extra-territorial’ provisions would never come to fruition. Fast-forward only a few years and those five letters, FATCA, have become etched in the minds of exasperated US taxpayers (many of whom are queuing...

The Liechtenstein Disclosure Facility – Recent Changes

UK Disclosure Facilities – Background HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has offered several opportunities over the past seven years to encourage errant tax payers to come forward in order to regularise their tax affairs on relatively benign terms. In 2007 HMRC offered the Offshore Disclosure Facility (ODF) which afforded taxpayers...

IRS Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program Offers Stark Choices for Taxpayers

The Internal Revenue Service is encouraging taxpayers with previously undeclared foreign bank accounts to enter into its Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program, but there are now choices between a new streamlined version of the OVDP and the regular program that will require careful consideration and advice from practitioners. Since March 26,...

Luxembourg: Family Wealth Management In Luxembourg: We Are Not Done Yet, Despite The Changes To The Information Exchange

With the announced end of banking secrecy for non-residents, the time has come to make use of favourable repatriation schemes, such as the voluntary disclosure regime in Italy. Despite increasing pressure for fiscal transparency and exchange of information, beneficial owners still have a choice: move the capital out (of Luxembourg),...