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Why is second citizenship increasingly popular? Find out here,More on this story here.
BELIZE ECONOMY GROWS, PROBLEMS REMAIN
A recent IMF study shows GDP growing, inflation low and net reserves up. But lots must be done.More on this story here.
DUH! DUMB U.S. INVESTORS
Most US investors are seriously uninformed about the risks they face in a sinking stock market.More on this story here.
U.S. TAX COMPLIANCE COSTS
Meeting IRS requirements cost billions of dollars and hours.More on this story here.
600 MORE I.R.S. AGENTS
The US IRS wants to hire 600 more special agents nationwide to investigate criminal fraud and money laundering.More on this story here.
COOK ISLANDS TRUST IN U.S. COURT
BALTIMORE, Maryland USA. A local court is trying to find millions possibly stashed in a COOK ISLANDS trust.More on this story here.
And a reporter discovers the wonders of Cook Islands finances.More on this story here.
A new law, the first of its kind in Central America, is expected to give Panama's e-commerce industry a much needed boost.More on this story here.
U.S. SECRET SNOOPING
The FBI uses ChoicePoint software to secretly obtain your personal info tied to your Social Security number.More on this story here.
FBI HEAD PROTECTS CARNIVORE
The new FBI head refuses to commit to an independent review of the Carnivore email surveillance system.More on this story here.
Find the true owner of any web site domain name.More on this story here.
OFFSHORE PRIVATE BANKING BOOM
A new study says offshore private banking is showing huge growth, despite, (or because of), all the OECD false attacks and propaganda.More on this story here.
U.S. FBI BECOMES A WORLD POLICE
The fumbling FBI's expansion into an international law enforcement agency is a mistake for many reasons, says Alan BOCK.More on this story here.
LIECHTENSTEIN TRUSTEES BARE ALL
As part of a “get off the FATF blacklist” deal, Liechtenstein trustees are exposing data relating to "economically authorized persons" in the principality, including personal client profiles.More on this story here.
Which may explain why the Liechtenstein Landesbank (LLB) profits dropped 7.1% last year with gross earnings also down 9%.More on this story here.
CARIBBEAN HAVENS THUMB NOSES AT U.S.
Prime ministers of Antigua, Dominica, Grenada, St. Kitts-Nevis & St. Vincent plan official visits to LIBYA seeking financial aid.More on this story here.
OFFSHORE TAX COMPETITION PRIMER
"Why Tax Harmonization and Information Exchange Undermine America's Competitive Advantage in the Global Economy."More on this story here.
O.E.C.D. BOOSTS AUSSIE TAXES
CANBERRA, Australia. The busybodies at the OECD advise the government here to raise taxes on the wealthy.More on this story here.
NEW LABOUR TAXES SELF, CREDULITY
LONDON. For a a few hours it looked like PM TONY BLAIR and his cabinet colleagues might have to pay taxes like other Brits.More on this story here and here.
Inevitable - the Internet is being used by dirty money launderers. Does this mean government will require reporting all e-mails?More on this story here.
U.S. GOVERNMENT SPYING CHALLENGED
US officials invoke “national security” to shield new computer key stroke spying technology from court review.More on this story here.
US judges disable government software monitoring them.More on this story here.
Law suits against new US government spying technology.More on this story here.
U.S. LAWYERS MAY SQUEAL MORE ON CLIENTS
The ABA votes to expand loopholes in lawyer-client confidentiality restrictions.More on this story here.
UNDERCOVER U.S. PROBES HALTED
OREGON Supreme Court says lawyers are not allowed to lie or deceive, so they can't take part in undercover police investigations.More on this story here.
The official IRS Criminal Investigation Handbook describes in 95 chapters investigating procedures, including undercover operations and surveillance. Read it here,More on this story here.
Surveillance & Non-Consensual MonitoringMore on this story here.
Undercover OperationsMore on this story here.
O.E.C.D. IS A MESS
PARIS. Don't take our word for it. The tax haven bullying Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development suffers from cumbersome governance structures and unpredictable cash flows.More on this story here.
SAVE FOREIGN SALES CORPS
71 of the largest US companies ask the US government to appeal the WTO ruling against Foreign Sales Corporations (FSC) tax breaks.More on this story here.
CREDIT CARD SCAMS
International criminal gangs use high-technology to steal thousands of credit card numbers at a time from trusting shoppers.More on this story here.
Brits (and Americans) get hit with big, hidden credit card charges when buying in foreign countries.More on this story here.
I.R.S. DEBUNKS FRIVOLOUS ANTI-TAX ARGUMENTS
WASHINGTON. Here's the IRS offical answer to those who claim US taxes are illegal, unconstitutional or whatever.More on this story here and here.
DEMAND FOR TAXPAYER PRIVACY
The Center for Freedom & Prosperity issues a call for a US government guarantee of tax information privacy.More on this story here and here.
ARMEY BATTLES BIG BROTHER
WASHINGTON. US House Majority Leader Dick ARMEY continues his fight to protect Americans' privacy.More on this story here.
PROTECT AGAINST I.D. THEFT
An expert gives you 10 specific steps to avoid the fastest growing crime, identify theft.More on this story here.
PRINCIPALITY OF SEALAND
Sealand has citizens, currency, and a government. It issues passports and postage stamps. It enforces its own laws and defends its own borders. Does all that make Sealand a country?More on this story here.
Sealand’s site, history, pictures, here.
HavenCo, the Sealand Internet server here.
"Welcome to Sealand, Now Bugger Off". Story here.
THE WORLD’S SMALLEST “NATIONS”
Sealand claims it is the world’s tiniest sovereign state, but it doesn't make the lists of the world's smallest countries.More on this story here.
LIVE TAX FREE IN CANADA
David LESPERANCE explains how new immigrants to Canada can save big on taxes.More on this story here.
PANAMA HIGH TECH WORLD CROSSROADS
A new information technology center is dedicated where five international broad band fiber optic cables pass through this leading Central American nation.More on this story here.
THERE IS A GOOD CASE FOR GLOBALIZATION
World's leaders fail to address legitimate questions raised by protesters about the effects of global capitalism.More on this story here.
CANADA KILLS FREEDOM
SASKATOON, Saskatchewan. The Minister of what passes for 'Justice' in Canada says her version of the 'public interest' takes precedence over lawyer-client confidentiality. Lawyers will not be exempt from a draconian new anti-money laundering bill.More on this story here and here.
EMERGING MARKETS INVESTMENT FADES
Volatile foreign markets have scared off some investors.More on this story here and here.
Analysts think MEXICO may no longer be 'emerging,' but has entered an asset class of top quality world investments.More on this story here.
INSATIABLE ASPIRATIONS OF THE RICH
The mental link between income growth and happiness has big implications for economists -- and for the wealthy.More on this story here.
OFFSHORE VARIABLE LIFE INSURANCE
How it might offer legal relief from some US taxes.More on this story here.
WHEN NIXON KILLED THE U.S. GOLD STANDARD
Thirty years ago the late US president cut loose the dollar from its gold peg. The rest is downhill monetary history.More on this story here.
TAX REFUGEES ABANDON U.S. CITIZENSHIP
The US is one of only four countries that taxes its citizens when they choose to live abroad. Read why expatriates are renouncing US citizenship to avoid paying huge taxes to the IRS.More on this story here.
IRS Q.I. RULES IN COURT CHALLENGE
NASSAU. The Bahamas based Institute For Economic Freedom, (http://www.iefbahamas.org) backed by US free market leaders, plans legal action against the IRS "qualified intermediary" rules.More on this story here.
GUIDE TO WORLD TAX HAVENS
A Manchester Guardian reporter gives a flippant guide to offshore tax havens, from Andorra to the Turks & Caicos.More on this story here.
21 years after independence, a bloody civil war, and liberation from white minority rule, ZIMBABWE is back where it started.More on this story here.
LEFTIST ATTACK PRO-OFFSHORE C.F.P.
WASHINGTON. The Center for Freedom & Prosperity has been a leader in the defense of offshore financial freedom, with some success. The leftist at the New Republic can't stand it, so they smear.More on this story here.
U.S. TAX SHELTERS EXPLAINED
Here's Tax-News.com new special report on US venture capital tax laws and tax shelters. Informative read atMore on this story here.
NOT AS GOOD AS OFFSHORE BUT...
Foreign investment OPPORTUNITY abound at the Nasdaq, the New York & American Stock Exchanges. They're called ADRs.More on this story here.
INSIDE HEDGE FUNDS
Financial Times examines current hedge fund philosophy.More on this story here.
The Guardian suggests hedge fund investors better hedge their bets.More on this story here.
IRELAND AS BUSINESS TAX HAVEN
How free market economics and lower taxes made IRELAND Europe's leading business tax haven.More on this story here.
CARIBBEAN HAVENS COLLECTIVE BAD JUDGMENT
Miffed at reduced US foreign aid and pressure from Washington and London on their tax haven nations, several Caribbean leaders are off on a trip to play games with LIBYA's madman, Muammar QADHAFI.More on this story here and here.
THE WIRED WORLD
No longer refer to First and Third Worlds, but to regions that are, or are not, hardwired to information flows.More on this story here.
THE ORIGINAL TAX PROTESTER
CONVENTRY, U.K. Archaeologists take the wraps off Lady GODIVA, the original protester against high taxes.More on this story here.
MASSACHUSETTS DRIVERS BE AWARE
If you drive in the US State of Massachusetts and you use a Fast Lane radio transponder to enable automatic billing on turnpikes and tunnels watch out! Because the Fast lane system tracks the date and time turnpike charges are made it can also be used as a method of vehicle surveillance.
And the Turnpike Authority (TA) has come clean and admitted that it turns over information to law enforcement on request.
On its website Fast Lane promised it would "hold all customer account information confidential". But it doesnąt. A judge ordered the TA to hand data over to law enforcement a case which provides ample evidence that your RIGHT to privacy is a RIGHT which can be taken from you with one stroke of the legislatorąs pen.More on this story here.
CANADIAN CITIZENSHIP OPPORTUNITY
As a foreign resident in Canada you can acquire preferential tax treatment not available to nationals. And Canada is an excellent alternative domicile it has no estate taxes. You can also become a naturalised Canadian citizen and obtain a Canadian passport after three years permanent residence. So how do you acquire permanent residence rights?
There are several categories through which you can apply through family sponsorship, self-employment, business immigration and entrepreneur category. Find out more about these categories and requirements by reading an article by immigration barrister, David Lesperance.More on this story here.
A SURVEY OF THE STATE OF PRIVACY IN 50 NATIONSMore on this story here.
Electronic Privacy Information Center home page here.
COURT SAYS TELEPHONE PRIVACY IS DEAD
George Orwell might glow with prescient delight, as a state supreme court rules that, given methods of telephone communication widely used now, individuals have no reasonable expectation of privacy in telephone calls made to their own homes.More on this story here.
CARNIVORE EXPANDS TO WIRELESS
Communications experts say the FBI's Internet spying system, CARNIVORE, can now intercept wireless transmissions.More on this story here.
F.B.I. COMPUTER KEYSTROKE SPYING ATTACKED
Big Brother may be watching every key stroke on your computer.More on this story here.
But the FBI wont even explain keystroke spying to a federal judge.More on this story here.
YOUR WEB PAGE MAY BE A SPY
Your personal web page may be tracking those who visit and sending the information to third parties.More on this story here.
A US district court judge orders a cable company to give police private details about one of its subscribers and bars the company from telling the customer.More on this story here.
U.S. FOREIGN VISITORS BEWARE
Customs officials humiliate with body searches those entering the US, assuming profiled racial groups smuggle drugs.More on this story here.
TEXAS COLUMNIST SWALLOWS OECD LINE
AUSTIN. Easier than thinking; a caustic Texas columnist knows little about offshore, so she regurgitates the OECD line.More on this story here.
And the OECD forces TONGA to change its tax laws. Apparently no one told the Pacific island the OECD tax blacklist is a dead letter.More on this story here.
What is a Tonga? Check here to find out.More on this story here.
MORE U.S. CIVIL FORFEITURE
WASHINGTON. New US Treasury Under Secretary for Enforcement says government should go after financial assets in fighting money launderers and other criminals.More on this story here.
U.S “GREEN CARD” MEANS TAXES
U.S. permanent resident aliens get privileges of citizenship and lots of high taxes. Do you really need that?More on this story here.
NIXON KILLED THE GOLD STANDARD
Just 30 years ago the American dollar's gold backing died. Now its “value” is a matter of faith; some interesting history.More on this story here.
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