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#PanamaPapers: l'eurodiputat laborista va preguntar al cap d'impostos de RBS sobre la participació del banc en l'escàndol d'elusió fiscal

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Panamà-Papers-Mossack-Fonseca-700x410A Labour MEP questioned RBS’s head of tax on the bank’s involvement in the Panama Papers tax avoidance scandal on 4 April.

Grant Jamieson’s appearance before the European Parliament economic and monetary affairs committee comes as more and more details emerge of tax dodging on an unprecedented scale, including that RBS, which is 73% taxpayer owned, is a client of Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca. The papers show that Mossack Fonseca helps clients launder money, dodge sanctions and avoid tax.

Els Papers de Panamà, una filtració sense precedents de milions de documents, revelen la riquesa oculta d'alguns dels líders i polítics mundials més destacats del món, i les maneres en què exploten els règims fiscals secrets offshore.

La eurodiputada Neena Gill, membre de la comissió especial d'impostos del Parlament Europeu, va preguntar a Jamieson: “How do you justify working in tax havens when taxpayers who own you are struggling to pay their monthly bills, and who are suffering on a daily basis because of austerity measures and cuts to welfare benefits and local services?

“At the same time, how can you explain paying the top management team £5 million in bonuses – and £17,4 m in future bonuses in shares despite recently announcing a loss of £2 billion for 2015?

“In 2015, reports suggested that RBS has 404 subsidiaries in tax havens. Specifically, last December it was reported RBS paid €23,8 million to German prosecutors to settle a tax evasion enquiry into the Swiss banking arm of Coutts, a subsidiary of RBS, whose executive was recorded as saying: ‘Basically, tax authorities are your enemy’.

“Do you believe that banks should seek to exploit weaknesses in the tax system to gain an advantage? We are aware that you work very closely with the ‘Big 4’ auditing companies – what is your relationship with them, what is your budget for tax consultancy services and how has it evolved over the last couple of years?

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“Finally, will you now be committing to greater transparency so that we don’t have to learn this information via leaks – and what is your position on fully public country-by-country reporting?”

Anneliese Dodds, eurodiputada, coautora d'un recent informe del PE sobre impostos que proposava un reforç dels esforços per reprimir l'elusió fiscal agressiva i l'evasió fiscal, afegeix: “Yesterday’s [3 April] revelations from the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists confirm what we suspected all along: that tax havens are being used by some of the richest and most powerful people in the world to hide their wealth and avoid taxes. 

“More than half of the client companies of the Panama Papers firm were registered with British administered jurisdictions, and many British banks, including RBS, have operated extensively in tax havens.

“David Cameron has many questions to answer today, not least, why his government blocked measures for transparency of ownership of trusts, what they have done to protect British-linked tax havens, and why they have not supported my call to stop tax havens, and companies using them, from accessing EU funds.”

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