Category: Banking Secrecy

BIR Officials: Congress not inclined to lift Bank Secrecy

“The suggestion has been brought up many times before and lawmakers with the support of the business community rejected it,” said a revenue regional director who declined to be named. He recalled that many congressmen even protested when the BIR in 2014 tried to require taxpayers to include in their… – Continue reading

United States: Senators Introduce Bill To Require Reporting Of Beneficial Ownership Information

A bipartisan group of senators introduced a bill which would impose federal beneficial ownership reporting requirements for legal entities established under state law, intended to assist law enforcement in fighting money laundering and terrorist financing ("AML/CFT"). ... - Continue reading

Ukraine: Ukraine Ratifies Protocol Amending Double Taxation Treaty Between Ukraine And Switzerland

On 18 September 2019, the Parliament of Ukraine ratified a protocol (the Protocol) of amendments to the double tax treaty between Ukraine and Switzerland (the DTT) which had been signed by the states on 24 January 2019.  ... - Continue reading

Dutch government asks banks to give American expats more time to deal with FATCA

The Dutch government is urging banks to be accommodating towards American nationals who risk having their bank accounts closed because of US fiscal regulations as it calls on EU member states to campaign together for changes to American tax laws which are affecting thousands who have American nationality but no… – Continue reading

IRS offers tax break to some American expats

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has outlined new procedures for some “accidental Americans,”, giving them the chance to comply with their US tax and filing obligations and in turn qualify for relief from back taxes, penalties and interest. The changes would allow people with less than $2m in net worth… – Continue reading

United States: D.C. Circuit Expands U.S. Prosecutors’ Reach Over Foreign Bank Documents

In a recent decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit unanimously affirmed a district court order compelling three Chinese banks (not currently identified) to produce financial records in response to subpoenas issued by U.S. federal prosecutors, including records that were unrelated to the banks' U.S. operations or U.S. correspondent accounts. ... - Continue reading

First 18 months crucial for tax reforms — Dominguez

On the sidelines of the Bureau of Internal Revenue’s anniversary celebration, Finance Secretary Carlos G. Dominguez III emphasized that the first 18 months of the current Congress is crucial for the Duterte administration’s comprehensive tax reform program (CTRP). According to Dominguez, lawmakers traditionally have the tendency to focus “on something… – Continue reading

United States: Anti-Money Laundering And Sanctions: Trends And Developments Emerging Under The Trump Administration

Bank Secrecy Act/anti-money laundering (BSA/AML) and sanctions matters continue to be a core focus of regulators, law enforcement agencies, policymakers and Congress, and the story of the Obama and Trump Administrations on AML and sanctions is one of general continuity. ... - Continue reading

Pass tax reform bills — Dominguez

The Department of Finance (DOF) has expressed the hope that President Duterte’s call in his State-of-the-Nation Address (SONA) for Congress to pass reforms in the corporate tax system along with the remaining packages of the administration’s comprehensive tax reform program (CTRP) will provide lawmakers a strong impetus to pass these… – Continue reading

Portugal: Central bank to disclose public report on large debtors

The Bank of Portugal (BdP) is to publicly disclose aggregated information about large bank debtors by 17 July, announced the chair of the Budget and Finance Committee. On 23 May, the central bank sent parliament an extraordinary report on the problematic loans and other assets that caused banking problems and… – Continue reading

Pakistan money in Swiss banks dwindling for last three years

LONDON: Money kept by Pakistani nationals and enterprises in Swiss banks fell by 33 per cent to a record low of CHF380 million (Rs63 billion) in 2018, falling below the level of Indian funds for the first time in four years, Swiss National Bank’s (SNB) annual statistics report showed on… – Continue reading

Anti-Money Laundering Software Market to Generate the Revenue of US$ 4,262.0 Mn by 2026

Companies, especially in the financial services industry are investing in the anti-money laundering software to effectively track the transactions and eliminate the risk of fraudulent. Companies offering anti-money laundering software are also focusing on providing effective and efficient software including currency transaction reporting software, transaction monitoring software, compliance management software,… – Continue reading

Philippine FIU Seeks an End to Bank Secrecy Law

The AML Council is seeking additional powers to combat financial crime, including the lifting of the bank secrecy law, which would allow it to check all accounts regardless of transaction thresholds. The Philippine AMLC (Anti-Money Laundering Council) is seeking additional powers to combat financial crime as part of the BSP… – Continue reading

New tax amnesty bill a ‘very tall order,’ says lawyer

MANILA – Passing another general tax amnesty bill, which will include provisions to amend the bank secrecy law, is a “very tall order” with lawmakers “sensitive” on the issue, a corporate tax lawyer said Tuesday. President Rodrigo Duterte earlier called on Congress to pass another general tax amnesty bill which… – Continue reading

Swedbank hires EY to conduct forensics into money laundering

Swedbank, one of the largest banks in Sweden, has hired professionals services firm EY to investigate the bank’s possible involvement in large scale money laundering. According to media reports in Sweden, over the period of nearly ten years the bank facilitated approximately $5.8 billion worth of suspicious transactions. The transactions… – Continue reading

Banks may declassify expatriate client data

KUWAIT CITY, Jan 13: The Fatwa and Legislation Department has submitted to the Council of Ministers a draft law that allows banks to declassify the data of their customers, as provided by the CRS Convention on Join Reporting, reports Al-Rai daily quoting sources. The Common Reporting Standard (CRS) is an… – Continue reading

New IRS offshore amnesty regime imposes bigger penalties for secret accounts

The US Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has issued guidance on the voluntary disclosure regime now in force, following the termination of its offshore predecessor on 28 September 2018. The new rules are effective for all disclosures after that date. And the possible penalties have gone up quite significantly. One of… – Continue reading

Swiss-US tax data transfer method ‘violates law’

The Swiss Data Protection Commissioner has issued a legal complaint against the Finance Ministry for sending the names of bank employees, lawyers, accountants and other third parties to the United States to assist with tax evasion investigations. The Swiss Supreme Court has already issued a ruling that bans the indiscriminate… – Continue reading

IRS bank secrecy program has little impact on tax compliance

The Internal Revenue Service’s Bank Secrecy Act program, in which it is supposed to safeguard against money laundering, is having only a minimal impact on tax compliance, according to a new report. The report, from the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration, noted that the Currency and Foreign Transactions Reporting… – Continue reading

Advocacy Group Says EU’s Tax Haven Blacklist Is Failing

Tax havens are typically assumed to be islands in warm climates offering low tax rates for organizations looking for a lucrative loophole. But these “havens” are also sought after for opaque financial laws that can allow organizations to get away with illegal activity, like money laundering. Now, a new report… – Continue reading

Switzerland forced to share information on HSBC Indian clients

Switzerland’s Supreme Court has ordered the country’s authorities to turn over information on HSBC accounts with the Indian government regarding two of its citizens. Both clients had fought the release on the grounds that India’s request for assistance in a tax-dodging probe arose from stolen bank data. The case involved… – Continue reading

Profit shifting a regional issue: Palaso

Profit shifting by large companies is a regional issue that can be addressed through improved information sharing between tax authorities of economies, says Internal Revenue Commission commissioner-general Betty Palaso. She said this at the opening of the Advancing Base Erosion and Profit Sharing (BEPS) and Automatic Exchange of Information (AEOI)… – Continue reading

The cabinet will strengthen the control of tax authorities over wealthy Ukrainians.

From 1 January 2019 rich Ukrainians can be under scrutiny of tax authorities. This draft law was developed on the eve of the Finance Ministry, writes in his article for EP Galina Kalachova. The author notes that understanding of Finance, a taxpayer with high income is someone who meets one… – Continue reading

Switzerland set to amend anti-money laundering law

Stepping up efforts to curb illicit fund flows, Switzerland plans to amend its anti-money laundering law wherein financial intermediaries will be required to verify information on beneficial owners. The Alpine nation, known for its banking secrecy practices, has been taking various measures in the fight against black money amid intense… – Continue reading

Finance studying three types of tax amnesty measures

Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III said Tuesday the government is studying three kinds of tax amnesty programs. Dominguez said these programs would include amnesty for the estate taxes, amnesty for those who were remiss in paying their taxes and amnesty for those who had tax cases. “There are three kinds… – Continue reading

European Commissioner: Bank Secrecy No Longer Exists in Europe

MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Pierre Moscovici said Monday that bank secrecy was no longer a reality in Europe since EU tax authorities automatically exchanged information about bank accounts opened within the bloc. “Bank secrecy no longer exists in Europe. If anyone has a bank account in Switzerland we are immediately being… – Continue reading

Bermuda Ranked 36th In Financial Secrecy Index

Bermuda is ranked 36th in the 2018 Financial Secrecy Index, which was recently released by the UK-based Tax Justice Network, who stated that some of the world’s “important providers of financial secrecy” are “mostly not small, palm-fringed islands as many suppose, but some of the world’s biggest and wealthiest countries.”… – Continue reading

Panama inks multilateral tax pact to end bank secrecy

NEW DELHI, JANUARY 16: Panama, a popular tax haven that was in the eye of a data-leak storm dubbed ‘Panama Papers’ in 2016, has finally signed an international agreement that would pave the way for exchange of financial account information with the international community. By signing this agreement — CRS… – Continue reading

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… – Continue reading

Diokno proposes new tax amnesty

The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) raised the possibility of granting a general tax amnesty to lure individuals and corporations with outstanding liabilities to settle their obligations without fear of being slapped with criminal charges. Following the tax settlement of cigarette-firm Mighty Corp. with the government, Budget Secretary Benjamin… – Continue reading

Swiss Bankers Urge Care In Information Exchange

The CEO of the Swiss Bankers Association (SBA) has stressed that confidentiality, data security, and data protection requirements must be complied with when the automatic exchange of tax information gets underway. Claude-Alain Margelisch argued that there should also be a “number of security mechanisms in place that protect customers and… – Continue reading

Banker’s Toolbox addresses beneficial ownership rules

Banker’s Toolbox, Inc., the leader in Bank Secrecy Act anti-money laundering compliance solutions for financial institutions, announced today the launch of its Due Diligence Manager solution for Beneficial Ownership. This extension of the existing BAM+ platform delivers exciting and holistic features including a completely flexible question builder and automated periodic… – Continue reading

Tax amnesty plan premature, says Citi

MANILA, Philippines – Instead, the government should pursue the enactment of the proposed Comprehensive Tax Reform Program (CTRP) before pursuing a tax amnesty program, Citi economist Jun Trinidad said. He said fiscal priority remains the passage of the first component of the tax reform measure that includes income tax cut… – Continue reading

Tax amnesty plan faces hurdles – Credit Suisse

MANILA, Philippines – Investment bank Credit Suisse said an effective tax amnesty program would face hurdles in the Philippines due to the country’s strict banking secrecy law. In its Asian daily report titled “Philippines: Credible threat still lacking,” Credit Suisse economist Michael Wan said the planned program announced by Finance… – Continue reading

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… – Continue reading