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Tax and Jurisdictions

New tax haven lists published by the OECD last night in the wake of the G20 London summit will drive more family office business towards the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man.

The French government has named family-controlled tyremaker Michelin as one of three businesses it wants to investigate for alleged tax fraud.

If you believe the OECD’s rhetoric, tax havens are about to collapse like a house of cards before the onslaught of a G20 determined to retrieve untold trillions of lost revenue. However, the death of tax-efficient jurisdictions and their historic rules on confidentiality is greatly exaggerated.

The Liechtenstein government has bowed to international pressure and accepted OECD standards on transparency and information exchange in tax matters. In a declaration, it also confirmed it will support international measures against non-compliance with tax laws.

Offshore centres around the world are being vilified by the OECD and the EU, but what are the facts?