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UK says no to son of FATCA but David Cameron puts tax evasion on G8’s agenda

21 November 2012

Ralph Cunningham - ITR

The UK government may be eager to help financial institutions comply with the Foreign Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) but it has rejected a call to introduce its own version of the US law. At the same time, the UK said the G8, of which it is the president in 2013, would focus on tax evasion.

The International Development Committee (IDC) of the House of Commons called on the UK to legislate for automatic exchange of information between tax authorities about UK citizens and corporations. The committee also urged the UK to use its influence in international organisations such as the OECD to encourage other jurisdictions to do the same.

However, the government, responding to an IDC report, Tax in Developing Countries: Increasing Resources for Development, said there were other ways, apart from legislation, to tackle tax evasion.

"The UK approach is to work in partnership with other governments, including those in developing countries, to increase tax transparency and exchange of information," the government said. "The government works closely with the G20, EU and...

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