The Panama Papers: how the world’s rich and famous hide their money offshore Guardian analysis of leaked papers will show how influential people including heads of government have exploited tax havens

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The Panama Papers: how the world’s rich and famous hide their money offshore Guardian analysis of leaked papers will show how influential people including heads of government have exploited tax havens

Post by Guest on Mon Apr 04, 2016 12:06 pm

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The hidden wealth of some of the world’s most prominent leaders, politicians and celebrities has been revealed by an unprecedented leak of millions of documents that show the myriad ways in which the rich can exploit secretive offshore tax regimes.

The Guardian, working with global partners, will set out details from the first tranche of what are being called “the Panama Papers”. Journalists from more than 80 countries have been reviewing 11.5m files leaked from the database of Mossack Fonseca, the world’s fourth biggest offshore law firm.

The records were obtained from an anonymous source by the German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung and shared by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists with the Guardian and the BBC.
Though there is nothing unlawful about using offshore companies, the files raise fundamental questions about the ethics of such tax havens – and the revelations are likely to provoke urgent calls for reforms of a system that critics say is arcane and open to abuse.
The Panama Papers reveal:

  • Twelve national leaders are among 143 politicians, their families and close associates from around the world known to have been using offshore tax havens.
  • A $2bn trail leads all the way to Vladimir Putin. The Russian president’s best friend – a cellist called Sergei Roldugin - is at the centre of a scheme in which money from Russian state banks is hidden offshore. Some of it ends up in a ski resort where in 2013 Putin’s daughter Katerina got married.
  • Among national leaders with offshore wealth are Nawaz Sharif, Pakistan’s prime minister; Ayad Allawi, ex-interim prime minister and former vice-president of Iraq; Petro Poroshenko, president of Ukraine; Alaa Mubarak, son of Egypt’s former president; and the prime minister of Iceland, Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson.
  • In the UK, six members of the House of Lords, three former Conservative MPs and dozens of donors to British political parties have had offshore assets.
  • The families of at least eight current and former members of China’s supreme ruling body, the politburo, have been found to have hidden wealth offshore.
  • Twenty-three individuals who have had sanctions imposed on them for supporting the regimes in North Korea, Zimbabwe, Russia, Iran and Syria have been clients of Mossack Fonseca. Their companies were harboured by the Seychelles, the British Virgin Islands, Panama and other jurisdictions.
  • A key member of Fifa’s powerful ethics committee, which is supposed to be spearheading reform at world football’s scandal-hit governing body, acted as a lawyer for individuals and companies recently charged with bribery and corruption.
  • One leaked memorandum from a partner of Mossack Fonseca said: “Ninety-five per cent of our work coincidentally consists in selling vehicles to avoid taxes.”


The company has flatly denied any wrongdoing. It says it has acted beyond reproach for 40 years and that it has had robust due diligence procedures.
The document leak comes from the records of the firm, which was founded in 1977. The information is near live, with the most recent records dating from December 2015.
Three hundred and 70 reporters from 100 media organisations have spent a year analysing and verifying the documents.
The British prime minister, David Cameron, has promised to “sweep away” tax secrecy – but little has been done. He is planning a summit of world leaders next month, which will focus on the conduct of tax havens.
The prime minister set out his line in 2011 when he said: “We need to shine a spotlight on who owns what and where the money is really flowing.”

Masses more at http://www.theguardian.com/news/2016/apr/03/the-panama-papers-how-the-worlds-rich-and-famous-hide-their-money-offshore

I doubt very much Cameron will do the above as these papers show his father is one of them.



France’s president, François Hollande, has become possibly the first world leader so far to welcome the leak. According to AFP he thanked the “whistleblowers” who brought the files to light, adding: “All the information revealed will lead to investigations brought by the tax authorities and to legal proceedings.”


Makes WikiLeaks look like a comic book

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Re: The Panama Papers: how the world’s rich and famous hide their money offshore Guardian analysis of leaked papers will show how influential people including heads of government have exploited tax havens

Post by Original Quill on Thu Apr 07, 2016 8:18 pm

Stormee wrote:In this life ya gotta get what you can for ya family, no one will give ya anything.

I remember that John Dillinger said the same thing. Twisted Evil
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Post by WhoseYourWolfie on Fri Apr 08, 2016 4:02 am

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sassy wrote:Tough Rags.  Close the loopholes, stop off-shore accounts and trusts that let them get away with it and stick them in jail if they don't pay their tax.  Society only works when people pay their tax.  Those at the bottom already pay a higher percentage of their earnings in tax because of VAT etc (can't be bothered to look up the link but it's fact).   That way everyone could have a decent life.

They won't be able to. People who are that rich will simply move their business elsewhere. If you want to drive the innovators and the people who give others jobs out of the country, that's up to you, but who is going to provide the money then? All the people on minimum wages?

Re VAT, it stands to reason that those with more money probably buy more goods, so they pay more in real terms than those who don't.



"INNOVATORS"   !!!!

Pull the other leg, Rag's  !!!


THOSE  scum hiding their wealth overseas aren't the innovators !

BUT rather the ones that hire the genuine innovators and inventors, and profit from their develepments..




AS FOR fallacious claims about the wealthy "creating employment"  --  that  remains one of the biggest lies peddled by the wealthy 'classes' !

BIG BUSINESS and the uber-rich are responsible for less than 15% of jobs in mature Western economies, with between 15 and 20% created from Government spending -- and over 60% from 'Small and Medium-sized Enterprises'..

TO THE CONTRARY, big businesses and wealthy groups have been reducing their overall levels of employment, via mechanisation, automation, computerisation, self service, and "off shoring" of so many businesses...

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Re: The Panama Papers: how the world’s rich and famous hide their money offshore Guardian analysis of leaked papers will show how influential people including heads of government have exploited tax havens

Post by Guest on Fri Apr 08, 2016 10:08 am

Stormee wrote:Why are these people with a few quid being called SCUM.

These type of remarks often come from no mark benefit scroungers.

Jealous/envy.

It appears that you have problem with which side of the morality issue regarding responsible humans paying their 'fair share'---equality for all ???

From stating it's being "jealous/envy" to this >>>
In this life ya gotta get what you can for ya family, no one will give ya anything.
How does a working stiff do all that he/she can for their family if the other upper echelon are able to 'HIDE' their wealth that they should be paying taxes on?
With that mentality then EVERYONE should just refuse to pay their fair share and 'F' it; let the government come to a screeching halt for lack of payment from EVERYONE!

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