Swiss to amend laws to help India track tax evaders

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NEW DELHI: Switzerland on Wednesday said it will amend its laws to accommodate India’s demand for providing it with the list of tax evaders who


have parked money in its banks. “We will amend the double-taxation treaty to include tax evasion to prevent misuse,” Swiss ambassador to India Phill-ippe Welti told a news channel.


Union finance minister Pranab Mukherjee had indicated that India would begin talks with Switzerland in December over amending a double-taxation agreement. He had said the government was not interested in a “roving inquiry” over unaccounted money stashed in Swiss banks.


“It was agreed that we should follow the model code of OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) in respect of taxations and exchange of information. That we have agreed... We have agreed to initiate the amendment process of the relevant clause on taxes where the exchange of information can take place,” the minister had said.


A revised agreement, incorporating the principles of Article 26 of the OECD’s Model Tax Convention, would allow Switzerland to exchange information on all tax matters, including cases of tax evasion and not just criminal tax fraud as was the case till now.


The Swiss Banks Association (SBA) had earlier said that Swiss Law does not permit fishing expeditions, or indiscriminate trawling through bank accounts in the hope of finding something interesting. It began disclosing the identity only after they were presented with evidence of terror finance after the 9/11 attack.


The banks also came under pressure after the global meltdown of September 2008. At the G-20 meeting in London, the finance ministers of developing and developed countries called for concerted measures to crack down on tax havens.

source : Swiss to amend laws to help India track tax evaders- Politics/Nation-News-The Economic Times
Swiss is really kicking peoples a.. the last months, first the major European countries now India!


I really hope people soon will move their money to other offshore jurisdictions and that it will hurt when they don't have any money left there.
 

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I think amending a double-taxation agreement with Switzerland would be a good step to get data of undisclosed bank accounts and tax evaders. But there should be a time frame. India is committed to follow the model code of OECD (Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development) in respect of taxations and exchange of information.
 
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