HMRC in Tax Haven Disclosure Agreement


A double taxation agreement between the UK Treasury and the popular tax haven the Cayman Islands was signed recently. Described as ‘an arrangement for the avoidance of double taxation and the prevention of fiscal evasion’, the agreement spells bad news for tax evaders who thought they could stash their money away unseen by HM Revenue and Customs.
The document goes on to say that it recognises ‘the Cayman Islands’ commitment to transparency and effective exchange of information in tax matters’.
At the same time, similar agreements with Belgium, Hong Kong, Georgia and Germany were announced.
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Reported in ICAEW Tax Faculty Newswire, 12 October 2010.

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