Offshore taxation demystified (Part 3): “Basically, if fewer smart thirty-something’s, educated in business and law schools and fluent in five languages, were engaged to pour over German tax legislation and amendments with a fine-tooth comb in order to find ways of avoiding tax, if this did not happen, then I could reduce tax rates.“ (Germany‘s Minister of Finance, Peer Steinbrück, in a speech on a tax conference in September 2009).
Offshore taxation demystified (Part 2): This column tries to bridge the gap between the hardship of tax information exchanges and the chances of an adjusted legal environment. The aim is to preserve the traditional benefits from Caribbean financial centers, even in an era in which banking secrecy is equalized with tax banditry.
Offshore taxation demystified (Part 1): The infamous black list of un-cooperative tax havens, maintained by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and dominated by Caribbean jurisdictions, is empty now. In an increasingly borderless world, there seems to be no rogue tax regimes any more. But this is just a temporary silence and definitely not forever.
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