1) Sorry for the informality of the greeting but if you were doing a training exercise on fake bombs and security, would you not (at least) count up the number of imitations you had hidden – and then count them back in to avoid scaring/annoying 75,000 people? See Manchester United and fake security issue?
2) Secondly, if you were trying to convey ‘good news’ about the ‘initiative to automatically exchange information on beneficial ownership’ (See HM Treasury Press Release), there may be ‘marginal’ concern about the absence of countries [on HM Treasury List dated 13 May 2016] such as China, Russia and the USA (for example)
3) Thirdly, by definition, dishonest people are going to tell lies, especially if they can get away with it. Hence, how (for example) is a relatively poor country (say the UK (?)) going to enforce disclosure?
Guernsey and Jersey signed Automatic Information Exchange Agreements with the UK on the 22 October 2013 – the ‘UK-Guernsey Agreement to Improve International Tax Compliance’ and the ‘UK-Jersey Agreement to Improve International Tax Compliance’. This means transparency between the tax authorities will be higher, and taxpayers trying to hide funds offshore will find that details are sent to HMRC.
The new agreements mean that all the Crown Dependencies have now entered into automatic tax information exchange agreements with the UK, with the Isle of Man having signed on 10 October 2013.
The net is closing in on taxpayers trying to evade tax, but for those wanting to come forward, beneficial disclosure regimes are still in operation in the Isle of Man, Guernsey and Jersey, as well as the on-going Liechtenstein Disclosure Facility.
Eaves and Co have assisted a number of clients with making disclosures of offshore income to HMRC and would be happy to hear from anyone wishing to come forward under these schemes.