09 Nov 2017
More than 200 global economic crime experts have identified key areas for international action following the Fifth OECD Forum on Tax and Crime, in London.
In a week dominated by media coverage of offshore issues, the forum brought experts on tax, customs, anti-corruption, anti-money laundering, policing, and prosecution together to agree priorities for action.
The forum is the latest in a series of OECD-led events and an important opportunity for the international community to strengthen collaboration in tackling these global issues.
“Tax evasion is a serious issue”, said Simon York, Director of Fraud Investigation Service at HM Revenue and Customs. “As well as the harm it causes to society we know that it is closely linked to money-laundering, organised crime, corruption and terrorist financing. This Fifth Forum is a central part of how we put in place the co-operation and international responses that are needed to tackle these threats.”
“Financial crimes affect countries around the world” said Grace Perez-Navarro, Deputy Director of the OECD’s Centre for Tax Policy and Administration.
“Criminals operate across international boundaries, constantly trying to find new ways to break the law, and hide their illicit profits. The most effective response is partnership. Partnership between countries, partnership across different parts of government, and partnerships between policy-makers and operational leaders.”
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