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rpannier Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-21-12 05:43 PM
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13tn: hoard hidden from taxman by global elite
A global super-rich elite has exploited gaps in cross-border tax rules to hide an extraordinary 13 trillion ($21tn) of wealth offshore as much as the American and Japanese GDPs put together according to research commissioned by the campaign group Tax Justice Network.

James Henry, former chief economist at consultancy McKinsey and an expert on tax havens, has compiled the most detailed estimates yet of the size of the offshore economy in a new report, The Price of Offshore Revisited, released exclusively to the Observer.

He shows that at least 13tn perhaps up to 20tn has leaked out of scores of countries into secretive jurisdictions such as Switzerland and the Cayman Islands with the help of private banks, which vie to attract the assets of so-called high net-worth individuals. Their wealth is, as Henry puts it, "protected by a highly paid, industrious bevy of professional enablers in the private banking, legal, accounting and investment industries taking advantage of the increasingly borderless, frictionless global economy". According to Henry's research, the top 10 private banks, which include UBS and Credit Suisse in Switzerland, as well as the US investment bank Goldman Sachs, managed more than 4tn in 2010, a sharp rise from 1.5tn five years earlier.

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"Closing down the tax loopholes exploited by multinationals and the super-rich to avoid paying their fair share will reduce the deficit. This way the government can focus on stimulating the economy, rather than squeezing the life out of it with cuts and tax rises for the 99% of people who aren't rich enough to avoid paying their taxes."

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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-22-12 12:10 AM
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1. Robin Hood is dead. Long live King John and Sheriff of Nottingham!
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Enthusiast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-22-12 07:08 AM
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2. They are simply criminals.
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