In the September 2013 Taxcast: The Netherlands is getting worried about its bad reputation – and not because of its red light districts, China steps aboard the G20 Automatic Information Exchange train. And what do Tina Turner and Muammar Gadaffi have in common? – The Taxcast breaks down some dance moves for the Swiss Shuffle.
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Automatic exchange of information is a data sharing practice that prevents corporations and individuals from abusing bank accounts they hold abroad to hide the true value of their wealth and pay less tax than they should at home. Under automatic exchange of information, a country takes the information it has on the financial activity of individuals and businesses who are operating within its borders but are resident in, aka permanently living in or headquartered in, another country and shares that information with that country. The allows countries to know the true value of their residents’ wealth and make sure they pay the right amount of tax.