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Of course, no one should evade tax. It is and always has been a tenet of tax law that declaring income and assets for tax is the responsibility of the taxpayer. But the OECD has long wanted to gain xray vision into bank accounts and with its "Automatic Exchange of Information" project, every bank account in the world will be subject to "automatic" inspection by "participating jurisdictions." Watch out for blacklists of jurisdictions that argue that there are local legal obstacles to free access to account information.

The OECD Working Group on Bribery says that Ireland has failed to act on the Working Group's "recommendation" to make certain that the counter-money laundering law (Criminal Justice (Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing) Act 2010) applies to Irish companies that launder the proceeds of bribing foreign officials, even if there is no law relating to bribery in the official's country. The OECD might have misread Ireland's laws.

First published in World Money Laundering Report - Volume 2, Number 9


The OECD is seemingly becoming more convinced than ever that its members have the right to dictate domestic fiscal policy to non-members and, increasingly, non-members are accepting what they appear to regard as inevitable.


First published in World Money Laundering Report - Volume 2, Number 9

The question of tax avoidance was addressed by international charity Oxfam which In November 2000, published a "policy paper" which made liberal use of the phrase "tax competition." The paper argues that the "Financing for Development agenda" has a number of issues that relate to the funding of sustainable economic growth in developing countries. It claims that "two specific areas…are hampering that process - tax competition and tax havens and debt and liquidity issues." The paper alleges that "globalisation of capital markets has greatly increased the scope for offshore activity" and that "the equivalent of one-third of total GDP is now held in financial havens."


From World Money Laundering Report Vol, 1 No. 1
October 1999

Offshore financial centres in the Caribbean have never been under any misapprehension about what onshore financial regulators think of them.