quote: Op dinsdag 15 november 2016 14:15 schreef Bart2002 het volgende:http://www.nu.nl/politiek(...)rievenbusfirmas.html
quote:Revealed: Coutts managed tax haven firms for controversial clients 'Queen’s bank’ provided offshore services to Brunei prince accused of stealing from his own country, Panama Papers showCoutts, the taxpayer-owned bank, provided offshore services to controversial clients including a member of the Brunei royal family accused of stealing billions from his own country, and a banker charged with assisting the sons of Egypt’s deposed president, Hosni Mubarak, in financial crime.Known as the Queen’s bank after its most famous customer, Coutts is revealed to have managed secretive tax haven structures for the Sultan of Brunei’s younger brother, Prince Jefri Bolkiah, and the investment banker Hassan Heikal.The information was uncovered in the Panama Papers, a database of 11.5m documents leaked from the archives of the offshore law firm Mossack Fonseca.Emails between Coutts and Mossack show the law firm regarded these individuals as presenting a high risk under criteria designed to combat money laundering: Jefri was ordered by a UK court to repay an estimated $15bn taken from the Brunei sovereign wealth fund, which he chaired; Heikal was charged in 2012 and is awaiting trial for facilitating insider trading, which he denies.Both were clients of Coutts & Co Trustees in Jersey. Their offshore companies were active until at least the end of 2015. The bank would not confirm whether they remained on its books, saying it did not comment on individual cases.The revelations raise new concerns about controls at Coutts, which was fined just under £9m four years ago for major failures in its checks on high risk customers, including those with political connections. Regulators said at the time these led to an “unacceptable risk of Coutts handling the proceeds of crime”.While it is entirely legal to offer banking services to what are known as politically exposed persons (PEP) – politicians, state officials and their families and associates – these individuals must be subject to enhanced checks, in particular on their source of funds.Between 1986 and 1998, Jefri served as finance minister of the oil-rich state and chairman of its sovereign wealth fund. In a breathtaking spending spree, cash from the Brunei Investment Agency was funnelled into more than 500 properties around the world. Jefri amassed thousands of luxury cars, antique paintings by Renoir, Manet and Degas, five boats, and nine aircraft including a private Boeing 747 reportedly customised to carry polo ponies.In a settlement agreed in 2000, Jefri undertook to return the money to Brunei. Years of litigation in various jurisdictions followed, with Jefri challenging the repayment agreement, saying he had only acted on his brother’s orders, but the British courts upheld it.The legal battles ended in 2014 when Brunei accepted that the prince had honoured the original settlement.Records show Jefri remained a Coutts client throughout this period. Mossack Fonseca learned only last year that it was acting as registered agent for two British Virgin Islands companies of which Jefri was the ultimate beneficiary. Crescent Invest & Trade was incorporated in 1998, the year the prince resigned as finance minister. Taurus Estates Limited was set up the following year.Crescent had held shares but became dormant, while Taurus held a bank account with Coutts Zurich, a commercial property and seven residential apartments in London, Coutts explained in emails to Mossack Fonseca. The UK property register shows Taurus owns six floors of a building in London’s exclusive Dover Street, a stone’s throw from the Ritz hotel, acquired in 1999. It is in turn owned by a trust, called PJ Settlement.
quote: Op vrijdag 2 december 2016 22:06 schreef Papierversnipperaar het volgende:NWS / NRC met ontluisterend nieuws om 21:00 #2Ronaldo sluisde miljoenen naar Maagdeneilanden
quote:Deze belastingontwijking bespaarde hem ongeveer 35 miljoen aan belastingen.
quote:France's honest tax system crusader convicted for hiding millions of euros Jérôme Cahuzac, appointed by Hollande to lead clampdown on wealthy avoiders, hid cash in a secret Swiss account for 20 yearsJérôme Cahuzac, the minister who led François Hollande’s drive for a more honest tax system, has been sentenced to three years in prison for tax fraud and secretly stashing his wealth in tax havens around the world.The deeply damaging saga, in which Cahuzac spearheaded the left’s crusade against tax avoidance while secretly hiding millions of euros of his own money from French tax authorities, was the biggest scandal to hit Hollande’s presidency.Cahuzac was appointed Hollande’s tax tsar in 2012 to lead the Socialist president’s crusade against wealthy tax-avoiders and make the rich pay their share of dragging France out of its economic woes.But in 2013 he was forced to admit he had hidden his own money in an account in Switzerland for 20 years and lied about it to parliament. The saga wrecked Hollande’s carefully crafted reputation as a straightforward “Mr Normal” who would oversee an honest government. It increased the public mistrust in France’s political class.Cahuzac and his ex-wife, Patricia Ménard, who was also jailed, jointly ran a hair-transplant business treating some of France’s biggest celebrities. They were found guilty of tax fraud, tax evasion and laundering the proceeds. They hid millions of euros from the tax authorities for two decades, moving their money across the world from Switzerland to Singapore and the Isle of Man.The prosecutor Jean-Marc Toublanc said during the trial this autumn that Cahuzac’s family life “was rooted in fraud for 20 years”. Cahuzac wept in the dock while giving evidence and hinted he had considered taking his own life rather than admit to lying. By the end of the trial he had repeatedly admitted his “inexcusable wrongdoing” and described it as a kind of “mechanical action” that was “very hard to stop”.Cahuzac, 64, was a cardiologist who became a plastic surgeon and made a fortune as Paris’s leading hair transplant expert in the 1990s. At his surgery near the Champs-Élysées, he restored the balding crowns of big names in showbusiness and politics while pursuing his own distinguished political career.When Hollande named him as budget minister to lead France’s clampdown on tax evasion, it was one of the most important appointments in government. Cracking down on financial corruption and taxing the mega-rich had been Hollande’s election rallying cry.But in December 2012, months after Hollande’s election, the respected investigative website Mediapart revealed that Cahuzac had been hiding his money. From 1992 he had held an undisclosed account at the Swiss bank UBS that contained ¤600,000. He had travelled to Geneva to close it and transfer the money to Singapore just before he was made head of the parliamentary finance commission in February 2010, Mediapart said.Cahuzac furiously denied the allegations. In a four-month campaign to protest his innocence, he lied to parliament, saying he had never hidden money in Switzerland. He went on all major television stations to continue this lie and was said to have reassured Hollande he was telling the truth. The government stood by him for months, including when he resigned claiming he was innocent and needed to devote himself to fight the allegations.Then Cahuzac made a sudden public confession in April 2013, saying he did have the account; had defrauded the taxman and had been “caught in a spiral of lies”. There could not have been a more damaging scandal for the left.In court, Cahuzac said he had stashed funds offshore to maintain his family’s standard of living, which included buying apartments for the children in London and Paris and taking holidays in Mauritius.In one episode, Cahuzac, using the codename Birdie, allegedly received two cash payments of ¤10,000 in envelopes handed over by a bank contact on the streets of Paris. The couple used a Royal Bank of Scotland account in the Isle of Man to channel cheques from English hair transplant clients. As their marriage began to falter, Ménard also opened an account in Switzerland.Ménard’s lawyer, Sebastien Schapira, told the court the money was “that of fraud, but initially it was that of her work, earned day after day, hour after hour, hair by hair”. He described Ménard as “naive”, an unwitting accomplice who was “swept up” in the fraud before confessing to it in December 2013.She testified that the couple had become locked in a spiral of wrongdoing. “I’m extremely ashamed of having done all that,” Ménard said.After the Cahuzac scandal broke, Hollande reinforced measures on financial corruption, ethics and transparency in political life.
quote:Panama Papers: What happened next?
quote:Mr Obermayer argues there have been concrete changes as a result of the leak's publication."A lot has changed, in Germany. Our finance minister just introduced a new 'Panama Law' (requiring citizens to declare if they are using a shell company) and Panama itself is more open for change now."Some countries have announced registers for beneficial owners and others are also arguing for that for the first time ever."The pressure on tax havens is as high as never before and the Panama Papers have done that. They have directed the spotlight at the problem."But still, what hasn't changed is that the very industry that helps tax dodgers is still alive and kicking. They have huge influence, huge power, huge lobby groups. We don't see the end of offshore - but we do see that offshore is shrinking."
quote: Luxemburg maakt belastingontwijking moeilijker | NOS Luxemburg scherpt de regels aan om belastingontwijking aan te pakken. Vanaf 1 januari wordt het moeilijker om met geld te schuiven tussen dochterbedrijven. Dat moet het voor multinationals moeilijker maken om via het land de fiscus te ontlopen. Via de zogeheten Luxleaks lekte een paar jaar geleden uit hoe allerlei bedrijven Luxemburgse belastingconstructies gebruiken. De Europese Commissie wil belastingontwijking hard aanpakken en is dan ook blij met de nieuwe regels, volgens Eurocommissaris Vestager van Mededinging. Vorig jaar besloot de commissie dat Luxemburg 20 tot 30 miljoen euro belastinggeld moet vorderen bij Fiat. Het bedrijf profiteerde van een illegale belastingdeal. Ook andere landen moeten van de EU geld terugvorderen van grote bedrijven vanwege foute deals. Zo moet Nederland Starbucks een naheffing van 25,7 miljoen opleggen. En Ierland moet bij Apple maar liefst 13 miljard euro plus rente vorderen. Zowel Ierland als Apple is in beroep gegaan tegen het besluit van de Europese Commissie. Bron: nos.nl
quote:UK's super rich appear to get special deal from HMRC, says watchdog
quote:Britain’s wealthiest people appear to get preferential treatment from HM Revenue & Customs and are not being properly pursued for outstanding tax bills, parliament’s spending watchdog has concluded.HMRC’s failure to clamp down on rich tax dodgers is undermining confidence in the whole system, the public accounts committee said.The highly critical report released on Friday examined HMRC’s specialist unit, which collects tax from high net-worth individuals with more than £20m. It found that “the amount of tax paid by this very wealthy group of individuals has actually fallen by £1bn since the unit was set up” in 2009 – even as tax receipts rose to £23bn.Meg Hillier, the Labour MP who chairs the committee, said HMRC’s claims about the success of its strategy to deal with the very wealthy did not add up.“Cosy terms such as ‘customer relationship manager’ and HMRC’s reluctance to be open add to the picture of arrangements that, while beyond the reach of ordinary taxpayers, are also ill-suited to the increasingly sophisticated methods the super rich can use to reduce the tax they pay,” she said.“If the public are to have faith in the tax system then it must be seen to have fairness at its heart. It also needs to work properly. In our view, HMRC is failing on both counts.”Tax officials calculated that there were about 6,500 high net-worth people in 2015-16, about one in every 5,000 taxpayers. In 2009, a specialist unit was set up to bring in more money from them.MPs questioned the role of the specialist unit and some of its practices.“We were not convinced by [HMRC’s] assertion that there is a clear line between giving its view on potential transactions and giving tax advice and we do not think there is enough clarity about what customer relationship managers can and cannot do,” the report says.The committee pointed out that advice from officials to wealthy taxpayers was not recorded. “While calls from most taxpayers to HMRC call centres are recorded routinely, meetings and phone calls with high net-worth individuals are not recorded,” the report says.
quote:Mossack Fonseca: Panama Papers law firm bosses refused bail Jürgen Mossack and Ramón Fonseca, who founded firm at centre of data leak, held as part of investigation into Lava Jato scandalThe heads of the law firm at the centre of the Panama Papers scandal have been refused bail following their arrest by police in Panama.Jürgen Mossack and Ramón Fonseca were taken into custody on Thursday as part of an apparently coordinated swoop by prosecutors across Latin America investigating the massive Brazilian Lava Jato scandal.Their defence lawyers have confirmed that they will remain in custody. Elías Solano, for Fonseca, dismissed evidence against his client as “weak” and said: “It does not seem too difficult to show the lack of foundation to these allegations.”Mossack’s lawyer Marlene Guerra told reporters he had been refused bail because “there is a risk of flight from the country, due to the financial means of our clients”.She said the indictment process was ongoing. The Panamanian newspaper La Prensa reported that they were being charged with alleged economic crime, in the form of money laundering.Guerra confirmed that their homes in the exclusive Altos del Golf neighbourhood had been searched along with their firm’s headquarters.It was reported that a third Mossack Fonseca lawyer, Edison Teano, had also been taken into custody.The government is reported to have confirmed that another search was made at the offices of a fourth employee, Sara Montenegro, who is legal director at Mossack Fonseca.Panamanian authorities have questioned four individuals in connection with the case, which is understood to be part of an international investigation into hundreds of millions of dollars in political bribes allegedly paid by the Brazilian engineering corporation Odebrecht.Brazilian investigators, with help from the Swiss authorities and journalists including reporters from La Prensa, have unearthed a network of offshore companies which they allege were used to funnel payments by Odebrecht.In what appears to have been a coordinated action by law enforcement agencies across Latin America, Peru issued an international arrest warrant for former president Alejandro Toledo on Thursday. He is charged with accepting $20m (£16m) in bribes from Odebrecht.Among the web of screen companies used to transfer tens of millions of Odebrecht funds are a number of entities represented by Mossack Fonseca. Among them, a Panama-registered Balmer Holding Assets SA. The identity of its owner was hidden by anonymous bearer shares, but investigators have found $7m was transferred from Odebrecht and connected companies to Balmer.The Panama Papers revealed that a Mossack Fonseca representative agreed to a request by an agent acting for Balmer’s hidden owner to destroy correspondence regarding the company.Gabriel Fonseca, Ramón’s son, told reporters outside the justice ministry: “They are wasting time putting pressure on my father ... They already have all the electronic information, it’s in the ministry.”Mossack Fonseca rebutted the charges on Twitter on Friday, describing the proofs gathered by the justice ministry as “documents taken from the internet that are the proceeds of a theft”.The Panama Papers came to light following a leak of 11m files from the internal database of Mossack Fonseca.
quote:GroenLinks-kandidaat trekt zich terug na verschijning in Panama Papers - rtlz.nlMaya van der Steenhoven, nummer 24 op de kandidatenlijst van GroenLinks, heeft zich per direct teruggetrokken van de kandidatenlijst nu haar naam is opgedoken in de zogeheten Panama Papers. Ze blijkt medebestuurder van een firma die gevestigd is op de Seychellen.Haar vader, woonachtig in China, heeft deze familiefirma opgezet. Van der Steenhoven (45) heeft dit niet gemeld bij haar integriteitstoets. "Dat had ze wel moeten doen", meldt GroenLinks in een verklaring op de site. "Was deze functie bekend geweest tijdens de procedure, dan was zij niet voorgedragen voor een plaats op de lijst."De Panama Papers zijn documenten die vorig jaar uitlekten en draaien om grootschalige, wereldwijde belastingontwijking. En dit is nu net een thema zijn waar GroenLinks al jaren tegen strijdt.Het noemt het 'onacceptabel' vindt dat 'grote multinationals de Nederlandse belastingregels gebruiken echter om zo min mogelijk belasting te betalen' en wil dit aanpakken 'door de mazen in de wet die bedrijven gebruiken om belasting te ontduiken te dichten, zoals de de innovatiebox, doorsluisconstructies en vestigingen in belastingparadijzen'. Van der Steenhoven schrijft in een persoonlijke verklaring dat ze 'nooit financieel voordeel' heeft gekregen uit het bedrijf. "Mijn bezittingen heb ik in Nederland en hier betaal ik in lijn met de Nederlandse belastingwetgeving belasting over."Ze zou geen taken in het bedrijf hebben gehad en 'dit onbezoldigde directeurschap' jaren geleden hebben aanvaard om haar vader te helpen: "Opdat in het geval hij of zijn met haar gezondheid kampende vrouw plotseling zou komen te overlijden, ik zorg zou kunnen dragen voor de afhandeling richting hun twee minderjarige kinderen." "Ik heb mijn vader na het overlijden van zijn vrouw in 2015 verzocht mij te verwijderen uit de onderneming en mijn vader gaf aan dat hij daarvoor zou zorgdragen. Dit is helaas niet gebeurd.'Bron: www.rtlz.nl
quote:Van der Steenhoven schrijft in een persoonlijke verklaring dat ze 'nooit financieel voordeel' heeft gekregen uit het bedrijf. "Mijn bezittingen heb ik in Nederland en hier betaal ik in lijn met de Nederlandse belastingwetgeving belasting over."
quote:DNB trekt vergunningen in van trustkantoren uit Panama Papers De Nederlandsche Bank (DNB) zet de strijd voort tegen Nederlandse trustkantoren die in de Panama Papers voorkomen. Vier kantoren zijn hun vergunning kwijt. Dat blijkt uit het trustkantorenregister van DNB.In januari meldde de toezichthouder al dat het aangifte heeft gedaan tegen een aantal trustkantoren die niet zelden worden gebruikt voor belastingfraude of het verstoppen van crimineel geld. De aangiftes zijn door het OM meegenomen in een onderzoek naar verdachte transacties. 'Het overgrote deel van de bevindingen uit onze onderzoeken is gewoon best zorgelijk. En daar zitten hele ernstige tekortkomingen bij', zei directeur integriteit van DNB, Willemieke van Gorkum, in een interview met FD en Trouw naar aanleiding van de aangifte tegen de kantoren. Of het om dezelfde kantoren gaat als waar nu de vergunningen van zijn ingetrokken, is onduidelijk.
quote: Op zaterdag 11 maart 2017 15:30 schreef Pietverdriet het volgende:[..]Offshoring is in lijn met de Nederlandse belastingwetgeving. Sterker nog, het is beleid van de belastingdienst