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Offshore News Digest for Week of April 29, 2002


U.S. COMPANIES RACE TO GO OFFSHORE

Threatened by possible federal legislation, American companies race to save taxes by re-incorporating offshore.

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WEALTHY LEAVING AMERICA

WASHINGTON. Taxes and other restrictions on wealthy Americans are driving them offshore -- and could wreck the US economy.

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For the official IRS lists of expatriating Americans:

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SWISS SECRECY CONFUSION

ZURICH. Amid rumors Swiss politicians may sell out the nation's strict banking secrecy, the government denies it. Then a top banking regulator says secrecy may have to yield. Who's in charge?

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SWISS BORDER BANKERS BUMMED

LUGANO. The Italian tax amnesty has Swiss border town bankers nervous as cash flows south by the billions of euros.

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U.K. SAYS GIBRALTAR VOTE WILL BE HONORED

LONDON. UK Labour government says it will assure that Spain will honor any referendum result on Gibraltar sovereignty. Oh yeah?

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LABOUR THREATS CAUSE JERSEY CRISIS

ST HELIER. British Labour's threat to penalize JERSEY unless it follows EU tax orders causes a crisis in this Crown dependency.

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And these same threats cause Barclays Bank to locate its new private client banking on the ISLE of MAN, rather than Jersey.

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NEW REPORT UPHOLDS FINANCIAL PRIVACY

WASHINGTON. Task Force on Information Exchange & Financial Privacy recommends balancing financial privacy and national security.

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For the full report in pdf format:

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Richard Rahn asks, "Do You Need Financial Privacy?"

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I.R.S. MAJOR VIOLATOR OF FINANCIAL PRIVACY

Dan Mitchell calls for reforms to end IRS and US tax code violations of Americans' financial privacy.

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'NATIONAL SECURITY' SNOOPS

US government subpoenas flood telecom industry demanding personal information about Americans and their financial records.

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USA PATRIOT ACT HURTS SMALL BUSINESS

New law imposes costly, unnecessary rules on small businesses.

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AMERICANS BACK CIVIL LIBERTIES

Concerned about terrorists, Americans don't want to surrender their liberty in exchange for security.

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THE WAR AGAINST OUR FREEDOMS

Will the US government succeed where terrorists have failed?

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LIBERTY CHANGES THE WORLD

David Boaz new book 'Toward Liberty: The Idea That is Changing the World' is highly recommended.

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U.S. AIMS AT UNREPORTED OFFSHORE ACCOUNTS

The US Treasury and IRS are stepping up enforcement of the law requiring reporting of all US persons' offshore financial accounts.

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BAHAMAS ELECTION WONT CURE ILLS

NASSAU. Thursday's election will produce a new prime minister, but it wont change the destruction of the islands' offshore financial role.

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GRENADA OFFSHORE BANK CLEAN UP

ST. GEORGE'S. 1 more bank closed, 4 under investigation, added to 32 shut down since 2001. Only 13 banks remain.

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SWISS POLL SHOWS BANK SECRECY SLIPPING

A new poll says 53% of Swiss says bank secrecy should be eased, 55% say tax evasion should be a crime.

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JERSEY CHIEF FIRES BACK

Answers UK critics who claim anti-EU tax attitude is childish.

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ROCK RESIDENTS FIGHT FOR IDENTITY

The people of GIBRALTAR fight for their own way of life and have been resolutely British since the early 18th century.

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GOVERNMENT EYES U.S. BANK FOREIGN OWNERSHIP

Federal banking agencies have serious concerns about cross ownership between foreign and US banks as a risk to the financial system.

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LITIGATION OUT OF CONTROL

A major reason to move assets offshore, the explosion of lawsuits in the United States, including massive class action law suits.

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SAME OLD OFFSHORE SCAMS

13,000 investors swindled out of US$60m (41m) in Internet fraud.

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Nigerian Internet e-mail fraud rolls on.

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U.K. LABOUR TAX THREATENS FOREIGN FIRMS

LONDON. Growing alarm over plans for the taxation of UK branches of overseas companies; mass exodus from UK predicted.

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O.E.C.D ILLEGAL COERCION OF OFFSHORE HAVENS

The Boston College International & Comparative Law Review says the OECD has no legal basis for its blacklisting of tax havens.

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VANUATU CHARGES O.E.C.D. IS WRECKER

A leading islander says the OECD is trying to destroy small tax havens.

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BAHAMAS PARLIAMENTARY ELECTION

NASSAU. Leadership and jobs were the issues; the offshore financial community sees more hard times ahead.

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BERMUDA WILL SURVIVE

HAMILTON. So says one of its financial leaders.

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F.B.I. STING USES DOMINICA BANK LURE

MIAMI. Money laundering entrapment grabs a Latin businessman.

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E.U. HIGH COURT UPHOLDS GIBRALTAR OFFSHORE COMPANIES

EU Court of Justice rules The Rock's tax exempt companies are not unfair state aids to business; a victory for the embattled tax haven as rumors swirl about its doubtful future as a British colony.

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MALTA A MEDITERRANEAN SWITZERLAND?

VALETTA. EU membership opponents want the island to become an international financial haven like Switzerland.

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NETHERLANDS MOVING RIGHT?

Conservative parties ready to move up in the coming election.

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MITCHELL EXPOSES PROTECTIONISM

WASHINGTON. Dan Mitchell of the Heritage Foundation exposes the fallacies of proposals to curb offshore re-incorporation by US companies seeking to avoid high US taxes.

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DOLLAR DIPS AGAINST EURO

Thursday the dollar was down & the euro up.

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U.S TREASURY SECRETARY'S DOLLAR RIDDLES

Pressure on the dollar produces muddled Washington statements.

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U.K. LABOUR RETURNS TO SOCIALIST ROOTS

LONDON. Tax and spend is once again Labour Party policy.

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And UK taxing of offshore funds is under discussion.

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BRIT E.U. TAX PLAN ALTERNATIVE CAUSES U.K. PROBLEMS

Britain's proposed replacement for the EU withholding tax is causing more problems than the rejected original.

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BRIT EXPATS MUST BE CAREFUL

Get the straight tax facts before you decide to go.

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