SKAT receives German tip-off in tax haven case

Over 600 cases involving Danes being examined

Danish tax authority SKAT has received a tip-off from the German state Nordrhein-Westfalen involving the leaking of accounts belonging to hundreds of Danes from an unnamed bank in Luxembourg.

Norbert Walter-Borjans, the finance minister of Nordrhein-Westfahlen, received a hard disk containing information on 160,000 accounts in tax havens in Europe from an anonymous source

The vast majority of the accounts concern German, French and Belgian individuals, but so far about 612 cases involving an unknown number of Danish nationals have been sent to SKAT in Denmark.

“We expect to get the data in three to four weeks’ time, which is standard procedure,” Jim Sørensen, the head of the tax haven investigation efforts at Skat, told DR Nyheder.

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Swiss leak
Sørensen revealed that SKAT had already obtained information regarding about 100 accounts from the German state earlier this year in a similar case from an unnamed Swiss bank.

“The information we received the first time was solid and useful. We’ve made a number of queries in regards to those accounts, and we expect to get some answers this autumn,” he said.

The news comes in the wake of the massive ‘Panama Papers’ bank leak earlier this year, which a number of Danes are apparently been linked to and are being investigated about.