The Ministry of economy and Finance of France will check the tax position 560 French taxpayers on the basis of information from the so-called Panamanian documents. It is reported by the French newspaper Le Monde , citing its own sources.
Thus, seven months after the publication of the results of the investigation, coordinated by the International consortium of investigative journalism (ICIJ), the French tax authorities have completed work on study data published in the “gather documents”, the article says.
Now the competent authorities will check the tax position of more than 500 people who may have cheated the government by hiding money in offshore accounts with the help of front companies. “Check started”, – said the state Secretary for budget at the Ministry of economy and Finance of France, Christian Eckert.
Since the start of the resonant ICIJ publications in 2013 of tax fraud associated with Luxembourg, Switzerland and a number of offshore zones, with the economic block of the government of France was created as a separate service, designed to facilitate the return to France of the assets hidden abroad, notes TASS.
According to Le Monde, the Service processing amended tax returns (STDR) already had in its database of cases on legalization of unpaid taxes 724 dossier associated with Panama.
Since then, the tax returned to the state considerable sums. This year, according to the latest balance sheet as at the end of October, the procedure of legalization has brought France more than 2 billion euros in taxes and penalties. Thus, the total amount of “rescued” money since the creation of STDR in 2013, reaches 6.7 billion euros, but only at home managed to return to 29.4 billion euros of assets, the newspaper said.
France is not the first country that decided to use data from “the Panama document” to identify citizens, leaving from payment of taxes. So, earlier it was reported that the Danish authorities bought some of the documents “Panamanian archive” data on offshore companies and Danish citizens who can evade taxes. In documents appeared about 600 people. The government planned to spend on the purchase of the archive of one million Danish kroner (about 144 thousand US dollars). In Iceland, it was running 108 tax audits on the basis of “the Panama document”.
The Washington-based international consortium of investigative journalism published April 3, excerpts from 11.5 million of documents about offshore accounts of a number of current and former world leaders. In a large-scale investigation of the offshore also was attended by several publications and organizations, including the Süddeutsche Zeitung, Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP), The Guardian.
Reports that the press called “the Panama papers,” based on leakage of information from the Panama company Mossack Fonseca, which provides legal support for registration of companies in offshore zones.
As a result of leakage of information from the database of the company Mossack Fonseca has information about the involvement of world leaders to the schemes of money laundering and tax evasion. In particular, in the offshore scandal was mentioned associates of Russian President Vladimir Putin.