Reuters: Congressional bills target tax havens - Spear's Magazine

Reuters: Congressional bills target tax havens

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Offshore tax havens used by rich Americans in Switzerland, the Cayman Islands and other nations are targeted for shutdown by bills offered on Monday by Democrats in both chambers of Congress.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Offshore tax havens used by rich Americans in Switzerland, the Cayman Islands and other nations are targeted for shutdown by bills offered on Monday by Democrats in both chambers of Congress.

The Senate bill expands on one co-sponsored last year by then-Senator Barack Obama and Senator Carl Levin, who has sought a broad crackdown on tax dodgers estimated to deprive the U.S. government of more than $100 billion a year.

A thriving business in tax evasion developed in recent years on Wall Street among consulting firms, hedge funds and other elite financial players. Some purveyors even sought patent protection for their off-the-shelf schemes.

The Levin bill would ban patenting of tax avoidance plans, target dozens of offshore “secrecy jurisdictions” for attention, and put a greater burden on taxpayers to show that their tax arrangements are legitimate.

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