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Тax havens come under fire
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The naming and shaming of these 7 states is part of the OECD's 4 year long campaign against international tax evasion.
Organization for Economic Cooperation & Development
tax evasion: уклонение от уплаты налогов
The 30 countries of the OECD account for most of the world's wealth.
They fear that huge amounts of tax is being lost to them by rich people and corporations claiming that they are based in tax havens around the globe where tax rates are low or even non-existent.
Most of them have now agreed, in principle, to improve their financial transparency and exchange more information with foreign tax authorities.
financial transparency: ясная и понятная финансовая система
If the remaining 7 don't do so by April next year they could face penalties.
penalties: штрафы, наказание, санкции
The OECD says it will devise "defensive measures", such as cancelling existing tax treaties with the states or taxing money being moved to them.
However the OECD has no power itself to enforce such measures.
The campaign against tax evasion has been given added impetus by the desire of governments to confiscate the assets of terrorists after September 11th.