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Monday, 4 October 2021

HMRC To Review The Pandora Papers

Tax does have to be taxing.

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  1. I remember asking a very senior HMRC manager why couldn't the Panama papers be divided up into small packages and distributed among criminal investigation teams for action as this would be better than going after low hanging fruit.
    The answer was that because of the way the information had come to HMRC.....(leaked) we could not act on it.
    That being the case, the law needs changing but I guess that is not in the interest of the legislators (MP's and their donors).

    The same arguments will be applied to these Pandora Papers.

    You can bet there will be huge resource devoted to discovering who leaked the information though!

  2. The extent of the Panama papers and the sheer number of documentswas truly astounding. I would have thought that intially it would be all but impossible to break up the papers into smaller "chunks" and investigate these chunks individually. The point of those involved was to hide their funds by a web of complicated transactions. I think that if HMRC were to work in conjunction with Tax Authorities of other countries, the web could become partially unravelled to investigate.

    Plus do you think that the Criminal Investigation teams that concentrate on Excise, or VAT, or Furlough payments, or indeed the myriad of other crimes they investigate, would have the capacity or knowledge to undertake such investigations? Not without major investment in funding and training at the least.
    We all want those evading tax to face justice, but you have to look at the resources at your disposal first.

  3. The Panama documents were leaked anonymously to the German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung (SZ). The files exposed a network of 214,000 tax havens involving wealthy people, public officials, and entities from 200 nations. The anonymous source who leaked the papers did so from Panama, hence the name Panama Papers.

    In the case of the Pandora Papers the files were leaked to the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ), which shared access with the Guardian, BBC and other media outlets around the world. In total, the trove consists of 11.9m files leaked from a total of 14 offshore service providers, totalling 2.94 terabytes of information.

    Quite a bit to download and look through there then. It will take years.

  4. This has all gone a bit quiet now hasn't it.

    The offshore income in the Panama Papers is chickenfeed compared to the real offshore wealth. Countless Trillions hidden from the public.

    The elite 'eat cake' while the peasants struggle every day.

    I'd like to know how the son of War Criminal Blair is wealthy to the tune of £160 Million? He must have done a few extra shifts at McDonalds as a student.

    The Revolution isn't just coming. It's about to start.

    1. How has Blair amassed such a fortune when he was on a salary of £100,000 when PM?
      The whole politics thing stinks, no matter what party you represent.