Comments on: No safe haven for artful tax dodgers http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2009/03/18/no-safe-haven-for-artful-tax-dodgers/ Thu, 21 Jul 2016 07:57:19 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: Peter http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2009/03/18/no-safe-haven-for-artful-tax-dodgers/#comment-25773 Sun, 18 Oct 2009 19:13:00 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=2525#comment-25773 What I find appalling is not so much the piece itself as the bulk of the comments. The very victims of the high tax thugs are defending their oppressors tooth and claw! Yes, we owe our prosperity to the freedoms we enjoy in the developed world. But those feedoms were bought and paid for before income tax was invented. The thugs that are stealing our money now did nothing to help us earn it. Your tax pounds/dollars/euros are not used for vital infrastructure, they are used to pay interest to the private banks that create the money that your government borrows instead of creating it itself. The issue here is one of the basic human rights that are being jettisoned in order to satisfy the unbridled greed of corrupt politicians and bankers. The OECD is nothing more than a shop front for world totalitarianism. When sovereign nations are threatened by the banksters with total financial destruction unless they change their own laws, and the threat succeeds, we have clearly crossed a line into dangerous territory. If this does not make your hair stand on end, you do not understand what is going on, or what kind of a world we are leaving to our grandchildren.

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By: C. Alexander Brown http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2009/03/18/no-safe-haven-for-artful-tax-dodgers/#comment-10732 Tue, 24 Mar 2009 21:17:01 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=2525#comment-10732 Reading newspapers from several developing countries, people there are asking why there is no discussion of ending the tax havens’ helping corrupt politicians from Africa, Latin America and Asia to steal and hide billions. Former dictators from Haiti, for example, “Baby Doc” Duvalier and his wife among them, hid millions in Switzerland. Indeed so much has been looted over the decades from poor countries that this has been the major cause of their underdevelopment and the grinding enervating, poverty of their people.
Yet, to this point only Germany’s leaders have mentioned this ((and only briefly)) as a matter concern. Does this mean that the leaders nearly all the wealthy developed countries of the world do not care about this serious problem? Well this is indubitably, the conclusion that one has to draw.

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By: brett kenneth sweeny. http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2009/03/18/no-safe-haven-for-artful-tax-dodgers/#comment-10588 Mon, 23 Mar 2009 19:12:58 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=2525#comment-10588 service providers should have to prove equity and justice in products they put out there, not just target the big bucks.

free market capitalism has hit the wall as to has state run fiasco’s. it is time we re-evaluated where we are headed as a human race. slow it down and think about the endgame. maybe, just maybe we need a healthy, proliferating natural environment to reach higher levels of bliss consciousness, find ourselves, ensure the survival of our species.

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By: Smirkingman http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2009/03/18/no-safe-haven-for-artful-tax-dodgers/#comment-10562 Mon, 23 Mar 2009 10:33:55 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=2525#comment-10562 This indignant hypocrisy based on faulty logic makes my blood boil.

A bank provides a service, for a fee. That service is looking after your money.

When someone gets shot, do you sue Smith and Wesson? No, you try the person did the shooting.

When someone avoids his taxes, do you sue the bank? No, you try the person who was cheating.

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By: fael kincaide(brett kenneth sweeny) http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2009/03/18/no-safe-haven-for-artful-tax-dodgers/#comment-10537 Sun, 22 Mar 2009 19:10:47 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=2525#comment-10537 alternative crops or fruits of harvest that could be proffered to such nations could be in the exchange of intelligence gathering for gold bullion.

for certain their would be officials who have had many a sleepless night knowing where their clients have obtained their ill-gotten fortunes’ and in which direction these treasures are being funnelled.

instead of making due-diligence being a point of Law maybe the more pro-active freedom-fighting nations could bring to the negotiating table a more succinct approach ~
for example, if you supply us with quality intelligence we will make this darkness go away; you keep 20% of the
contraband for your outstanding virtues, we donate a negotiated contribution to the wronged peoples’ for reconstruction and social services(housing, health, food, plasma screens, laptops et al) and the balance is reinvested into smart energies, smart intel developments, and sharp outfits for their operatives.

the world would be a nicer place with a great deal of traanqquiilityy.

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By: Ashok http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2009/03/18/no-safe-haven-for-artful-tax-dodgers/#comment-10476 Sat, 21 Mar 2009 12:03:43 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=2525#comment-10476 All over the world the gap between rich and poor keeps on increasing.The Taxation is the only way to remedy.To depend on the free market is like playing in hands of rich people.They will never let go their gain.After they have earned sufficient money.they don’t care if the corporation runs down.They will keep on seeing as bystanders,the way it has happened in cases of GM and Big Banks.Why they should worry for employees?Govt.is the only source to control them either with Tax tools or regulations.

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By: Anonymous http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2009/03/18/no-safe-haven-for-artful-tax-dodgers/#comment-10438 Fri, 20 Mar 2009 17:31:22 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=2525#comment-10438 “We don’t pay taxes. Only the little people pay taxes.” – Leona Helmsley
The likes of her will always find the way to evade taxes. It may have been made just a bit more difficult by lifting the banking secrecy in aforementioned countries. However some shrewd lawyers, accountants, and financial advisors will always find a way to construct some sort of financial vehicle that hide millions and millions in taxable income from being taxed. Of course the costs of setting up such a vehicle are greater than incomes of most of taxpayers, but for select few it pays handsomely in tax fraud – oh, pardon me, I should have used the word “savings” instead.

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By: Gerson http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2009/03/18/no-safe-haven-for-artful-tax-dodgers/#comment-10391 Fri, 20 Mar 2009 06:04:24 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=2525#comment-10391 It is all very simple: dispense with complex tax returns for companies and individuals worldwide and replace it all with an automatic taxation of all financial transactions at very low levels. Near 100% compliance, no need for tax lawyers and complex accountancy arrangements, more revenue for all governments/peoples, less cost to companies and individuals, no bureaucracy for entrepreneurs. Too good to be true? No. See www.apttax.com and www.marcoscintra.org

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By: Lichtenberger http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2009/03/18/no-safe-haven-for-artful-tax-dodgers/#comment-10243 Thu, 19 Mar 2009 16:51:49 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=2525#comment-10243 Everybody points on Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Andorra and other small countries to have tax havens. What about the tax havens of UK? They are all together by far those who have the biggest volume of black and fraud money invested by US and UK people. But UK is a big country and their PM consequently avoids to talk about that and rather blames the small countries. Same for the PM of France who has several big tax havens in front of the country (Monaco, Isle of Man, Guernesey, Jersey) but also does not talk about that.

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By: Renaud http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2009/03/18/no-safe-haven-for-artful-tax-dodgers/#comment-10234 Thu, 19 Mar 2009 15:09:08 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=2525#comment-10234 Easy to point the finger. Isn’t London(UK) a tax heaven for foreign investors? Who will dare touch that?

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