With new international data-exchange agreements in place, the United Kingdom will soon have greater access than ever to information on tax dodgers with offshore accounts, according to the nation's Financial Secretary to the Treasury David Gauke.
The U.S. House of Representatives is set to vote on a Senate-approved bill that would pressure foreign financial institutions to disclose their U.S. clients and extend government subpoena powers of financial records.
Many tax havens have done the bare minimum to remove themselves from an intergovernmental group's list of regulatory-lax jurisdictions, at times only signing tax treaties with other bank secrecy countries.
An international watchdog group said Friday that it will respond to Group of 20 calls for the reinstitution of a blacklist naming jurisdictions with weak anti-money laundering controls.
France's decision to shut down French banks in jurisdictions on a European Union tax haven blacklist will likely be mirrored by other countries, according to tax analysts.
An intergovernmental anti-money laundering watchdog should restore a blacklist of countries that don't comply with its international standards by February, Group of 20 members said Friday.
The Obama administration's plans to curb foreign institutions from aiding U.S. tax evaders is short on details, but could block U.S. citizens and residents' access to foreign banks and put a new compliance burden on U.S. institutions, say some tax professionals.
The White House called on lawmakers Monday to draft legislation that would curb the use of offshore tax havens by financial institutions that do business in the United States.
The United Kingdom's chief tax authority is compiling a publicly available list to shame British citizens who avoid paying taxes on more than 25,000 pounds of income, the agency disclosed Wednesday.
The authors of the Stop Tax Haven Abuse Act are trying to charge FinCEN with duties the agency has shown no appetite for, according to guest writer Bruce Zagaris of Berliner Corcoran and Rowe, LLP.
Five bank secrecy jurisdictions have acquiesced since Thursday to international calls for them to loosen privacy rules that allow tax evaders to hide their assets from governments, according to tax consultants and media reports.
International pressure on bank secrecy havens, including Switzerland and Lichtenstein, is prompting tax evaders to move their assets to Middle Eastern and Asian countries, say economic analysts.
The Senate bill would authorize financial sanctions on designated tax havens.