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European Commission Urged to Pressure UK over Money Laundering Commitments: FT

Members of the European Parliament are asking the EU’s executive arm to withhold permits granting UK financial services companies easy access to the bloc’s market pending a stronger commitment from London to do more on money laundering and tax avoidance, the Financial Times reported Tuesday. Green… Read More

Australia’s plan for $10,000 cash ban ‘dead, dead and dead’

A plan to ban cash payments of $10,000 or more that threatened to split the Liberal Party has been dumped, with the move now “dead, dead and dead”. In a motion moved by One Nation, the Senate on Thursday officially dumped debate on the proposal that emerged from the government’s… Read More

Likud MK Haim Katz set to be charged with tax dodging

Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit informed Likud MK Haim Katz Tuesday that he intends to indict him for alleged tax offenses, pending a hearing. Mandelblit’s intention to do so was first reported Monday night by Channel 12. Katz, who already faces another indictment on fraud and breach of trust charges, is… Read More
28th October 2020
The Senate will start hearing the proposals to amend the Anti-Money Laundering Act (AMLA) to help boost the government’s efforts against the entry and flow of illegal money in the Philippines. “We expect to have an all-hands-on-deck involvement of top officials of concerned agencies in tackling this vital anti-corruption and… Read More
21st October 2020
Germany has issued international arrest warrants for the two founders of the firm at the center of the tax haven scandal exposed by the Panama Papers data leak, German media reported. Mossack Fonseca founders Juergen Mossack and Ramon Fonseca, suspected of tax evasion and associating with criminals, will be arrested… Read More
20th October 2020
It was early July when David Velásquez, then 29, started to feel the aches and fever that made him suspect he had caught COVID-19. His brother, José, rushed him to one of Honduras’ emergency centers for virus testing and treatment, but all he found was chaos. “The disorganization was tremendous,”… Read More
19th October 2020
A 79-year-old Texan billionaire has been accused of using a web of entities in Bermuda and Nevis to hide US$2 billion in assets in what prosecutors say is the largest tax evasion case against an American in US history. Robert Brockman was charged with tax evasion, money laundering and other… Read More
16th October 2020
Billionaire Robert Smith will pay about $140 million and acknowledge wrongdoing to end a four-year U.S. tax investigation involving assets held in offshore tax havens, people familiar with the matter said. Smith, chief executive officer of the private equity firm Vista Equity Partners, informed some executives and investors of… Read More
12th October 2020
Recent events in the British Virgin Islands and Cayman Islands are seen by some as an indication that Britain is showing signs of improving tax transparency in its overseas territories, although activists say more still needs to be done. Two years ago, an amendment made to UK anti-money laundering legislation… Read More
9th October 2020
Five cases of suspected money laundering using remittance agents were referred to the police for investigation by the Financial Intelligence Analysis Unit over the past four years. An FIAU analysis released recently shows that between January 2017 and May 2020, remittance agents submitted 98 suspicious transaction reports. Just over a… Read More
8th October 2020
AP – The headquarters of the German soccer federation and the private homes of some of its members were searched early Wednesday as part of an investigation into tax evasion. The Frankfurt public prosecutor said about 200 officers were involved in the raids in the German states of Bavaria,… Read More
7th October 2020
Despite its status as one of the world’s most secretive and low tax jurisdictions, the European Council announced on Tuesday that it has delisted the Cayman Islands from the EU’s list of non-cooperative jurisdictions for tax purposes – informally known as its tax haven blacklist. This decision added fuel to… Read More
7th October 2020
The latest UNCTAD report titled Economic Development in Africa Report 2020 ranked Kenya at position 24 globally among countries that record high illicit financial flows. The report was presented by Secretary General of UNCTAD Mukhisa Kituyi at the end of September 2020. This places Kenya ahead of Nigeria (34),… Read More