25 June 2012


Global Financial Integrity (GFI) praised G20 leaders commitment to move toward the automatic exchange of tax information at their recently concluded meeting in Los Cabos, Mexico.

Corruption, crime, and tax evasion in the form of illicit financial outflows cost the developing world US$1 trillion per year according to GFI research, with Mexico—the current chair of the G20—suffering more than half a trillion dollars in outflows over the past decade.  Illicit outflows pose serious problems for developed Western economies as well, with Greece—the epicenter of the European debt crisis—hemorrhaging US$160 billion in illicit outflows from 2000 through 2009.

G20 leaders committed “to lead by example in implementing” the practice of automatic tax information exchange, and called upon other “countries to join this growing practice as appropriate,” a move lauded by GFI  as a major step towards curtailing tax evasion.

GFI also praised the renewal of the mandate of the G20’s Anti-Corruption Working Group for another two years, but were skeptical about the pledge on “the recovery and restitution of stolen assets.”

“As long as G20 nations like the United States and others allow for the incorporation of anonymous shell companies, trusts and foundations, G20 nations will be safe havens for the corrupt proceeds of foreign leaders as well as terrorists, criminals, and tax evaders,”
said GFI director Raymond Baker.

GFI is the leader of the Task Force on Financial Integrity and Economic Development a consortium of governments and research and advocacy organizations, which includes Edmund Rice International.
Micah Challenge in Australia has launched a campaign in support of country-by-country reporting, linked to information about tax dodging through tax havens. A petition is available for signature on the site.

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