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  1. News - World - EUROPE

    European customs staff seize more cash amid bank secrecy crackdown

    Posted Nov 04th 2013, 08:58pm by NYT

    ... was nothing exceptional," Bock said. "Every month it passes like that, and there's more and more money because of the crisis." For decades, banking secrecy laws in Switzerland made ... Europeans seek to hide their wealth from rising taxes, high-profile tax investigations and tightening rules at Swiss banks and other traditional havens. The agents say they are routinely detaining ...

  2. Business - Banking & Finance

    Switzerland frees banks to settle US tax evasion cases

    Posted May 30th 2013, 01:46pm by Reuters

    ... Reuters in Zurich Switzerland’s tradition of bank secrecy has helped make it the world’s biggest offshore financial centre, with US$2 trillion in assets. Switzerland aims to save its banks ... of criminal charges that have hurt a vital national industry. It insists banks will still not be allowed to hand over client names- protected by its treasured secrecy law of 1934. But the new ...


    Arafat’s remains said to be exhumed on Tuesday

    Posted Nov 24th 2012, 08:39pm by Associated Press in Ramallah, West Bank

    ... Associated Press in Ramallah, West Bank The remains of former Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat will be exhumed on Tuesday as part of a renewed investigation into his death, a Palestinian ... tomb in Arafat’s former government headquarters in the West Bank city of Ramallah. The Palestinian Authority, the self-rule government in the West Bank, had hesitated before agreeing to exhume ...

  4. News - World - G8 SUMMIT

    Tax evasion, bank secrecy: G8 talks tough, seeks teeth

    Posted Jun 17th 2013, 12:00am by AP, AFP

    ... Associated Press, Agence France Press in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland and Paris Britain aiming to clamp down on evasion and bank secrecy An Tax evasion and banking secrecy, hot topics ... Ireland, has promised big developments on the basis of substantial progress recently in clamping down on evasion and bursting bank secrecy. But many observers from civic bodies are pessimistic ...

  5. Business - Economy - TAXATION

    EU nations agree on rules to fight tax evasion

    Posted Mar 22nd 2014, 01:30am by AP

    ... of the government to take that road", a key step to scrap the banking secrecy for foreigners. EU president Herman Van Rompuy said the move was "indispensable for enabling the member states to better clamp down on tax fraud and tax evasion". Van Rompuy added: "Banking secrecy is set to die." The legislation proposes an EU-wide automatic exchange of data on bank deposits ...

  6. Business - Economy - Tax

    Americans who don't reveal Hong Kong bank balances to be branded 'recalcitrant'

    Posted Mar 26th 2014, 11:43pm by AMY NIP AND TOH HAN SHIH

    ... and corporations- are part of a global move to end banking secrecy and tighten the tax noose on those who evade the US Internal Revenue Service, particularly high net-worth individuals who hide ... Amy Nip and Toh Han Shih US tax hold-outs face 'recalcitrant' branding Americans who do not reveal their Hong Kong bank balances, earnings and property holdings to the US taxman ...

  7. Business - Banking & Finance

    French HSBC tax case report reveals US$5b in Swiss funds

    Posted Jul 11th 2013, 11:16am by Reuters

    ... in thousands of Swiss bank accounts. The report, published on Wednesday, looked at why it took French authorities more than four years to begin an investigation after a former HSBC employee gave them a list of people who held money at the global bank’s Swiss arm. “The case of the HSBC list has shed light on the weaknesses in our legal arsenal in the fight against systematic tax fraud,” ...

  8. News - Hong Kong

    Archives law would put an end to government secrecy, says former judge

    Posted Mar 31st 2014, 07:57pm

    ... Stuart Lau stuart.lau@scmp.com Public officials would behave differently if their actions and words were eventually made public via an archive, says former High Court judge People may never know the debates and discussions the government is having over ho ...

  9. Speed and secrecy are essential for a smooth 'Grexit'

    Posted May 28th 2012, 12:00am

    ... if the process could be accomplished in complete secrecy. Curiously, however, that would not matter very much. Greek bank staff would spend the days their institutions were closed over-stamping ... impossible, managing its departure and the re-introduction of a national currency will be extremely difficult. However, it can be done. Two things above all are essential: secrecy and speed. Secrecy ...

  10. Business - Banking & Finance - TAXATION

    Credit Suisse's US clients in identity crisis over tax evasion probe

    Posted Mar 08th 2014, 01:40am by BLOOM

    ... that was not enough. Credit Suisse cannot move forward until it helps the justice department identify account holders still shielded by Swiss bank secrecy, he said. "If you're serious about ... names, except in treaty requests involving suspected tax fraud rather than evasion. Levin repeatedly criticised Deputy Attorney General James Cole for deferring to Swiss bank secrecy instead ...




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