UK taxman closes in on 300 wealthy Britons

In inquiries expected to take up to three years, the first of about 300
wealthy Britons, who have stashed away about £1bn in secret Lichtenstein
accounts, have been contacted by
HM Revenue & Customs
(HMRC) which threaten to prosecute those who have lied about their assets in
other probes.

Separately, the next phase of HMRC’s investigation into offshore account
holders is expected to be launched over the next few months, seeking legal
notices requiring an initial 25 foreign banks to reveal information about
clients with offshore accounts, the Financial Times reports.

Since the Liechtenstein tax evasion scandal was revealed last February,
investigators have received more information from the former employee of LGT,
the bank controlled by the principality’s ruling family, who sold internal bank
details to German and other tax authorities.

The revelations were examined in a US Senate subcommittee report last week,
which concluded that the ‘murky operations’ of banks such as LGT helped US
taxpayers evade an estimated $100bn of taxes each year.

Further reading:

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the Financial Times story

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