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Ministry launches offensive against tax avoidance

A 40 million kroner project will help Skat discover tax havens and develop better ways to identify when money is being illegally funnelled abroad

November 12th, 2013 4:04 pm| by admin

Tax Minister Holger K Nielsen (SF) wants to make it harder for people and businesses to hide their assets in tax havens out of reach of the national tax authorities.

Today, his ministry launched three new initiatives to stem the billions of kroner of tax revenue that is lost to offshore tax havens every year.

“It is unacceptable and illegal when taxpayers hide funds created in Denmark in tax havens – funds that were created upon the foundation of the Danish welfare state and its services and infrastructure,” Nielsen stated.

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Three new initiatives
The ministry is  giving the tax authority Skat 40 million kroner to fund a new project that will uncover tax havens and the strategies that citizens and tax advisors use to avoid tax. The project's aim is for Skat to become better at identifying when money is illegally hidden abroad.

The ministry is also establishing an inter-ministerial task force that will strengthen the co-operation between authorities as well as examine the current legislature.

Lastly, the government wants to take the initiative to strengthen co-operation with the tax advisory industry and discuss both the challenges facing the industry as well as the roles and responsibilities of tax advisers.