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Tax Evasion Tricks Used by Offshore Banks

With the IRS crackdown on offshore accounts in full swing, all tricks that were once used by banks for offshore tax evasion are no longer effective. The tactics below were presented to the U.S. Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, documenting the most common tax haven bank secrecy tricks.

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Israel Adopts OECD Automatic Exchange of Information

The Israeli Finance Ministry announced on Monday, October 27, 2014 that Israel will be joining the international mechanism for the sharing of information on financial accounts. While the automatic exchange of information for tax purposes will not be fully in effect until the end of 2018, it is a very strong signal from Israel that the country is taking proactive steps to fight tax evasion.

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Luxembourg Becomes Wealth Management Center of Europe

Even under international pressures in conjunction with pressures from the EU and the OECD, Luxembourg has recreated itself as the wealth management center of Europe. Banks from China, Switzerland and the Islamic states are committed to maintaining large banking hubs in Luxembourg due the countries “tax friendliness.”

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OVDP Does Not Encourage Compliance

Five Stone is attending the 62nd Annual Taxation Conference held yesterday, December 3, 2014 and today, December 4, 2014. Yesterday included a great lecture from Nina Olsen, the National Taxpayer Advocate and the voice of the taxpayer before the IRS and Congress.

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