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G20 turns to blacklist in haven clampdown

G20 leaders have pledged to clamp down on non co-operative jurisdictions and tax havens using a blacklist from the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development as their starting point.

The list, issued by the OECD secretariat last week, named and shamed Costa Rica, Malaysia, the Philippines and Uruguay as the worst offenders who are yet to commit to the internationally agreed tax standards.

It also featured 38 other territories that have agreed to improve standards but have not yet done so, such as Liechtenstein, Luxemburg, Gibraltar, Andorra and Caribbean islands including the Bahamas, Bermuda and the Cayman Islands.

The report named the Isle of Man and Guernsey among those that had “substantially implemented the internationally agreed tax standard”.

AES International managing director Sam Instone says the jurisdictions highlighted as particularly bad are not the usual suspects and seem “rather inconsequential”.

He says: “It will be very interesting to look at the category that the OECD have judged to have made significant progress and consider what tangible measures are going to result from all the sabre rattling.”


Draw align

Last week, I considered the current momentum, both for businesses and individuals, behind accessing value and reducing costs. I linked the potential importance of tax reduction through planning to this growing phenomenon and suggested that advisers seeking to have profitable conversations with existing and potential new clients should, in deciding what communication initiatives to lead with, seriously consider alignment with these strong underlying demands.

Cru awakening

or every adviser reciting “I told you so,” there is another who believes the suspension of the cru funds is a result of a witch-hunt by the press, the authorised corporate director and the list goes on. Even God has been pulled into this debate.


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