Switzerland is to publish data on tax evaders because feel overloaded their officials. Baden-Württemberg Finance Minister Schmid criticized the announcement.
North Rhine-Westphalia wants to examine published by the Switzerland names of alleged tax dodgers. “The way to the Swiss tax authority treading now, specifically, in fact. If Switzerland called names of German citizens related to possible tax irregularities need and our authorities will but look into it,” said Finance Minister Norbert Walter-Borjans (SPD) Deutsche Presse-Agentur
Baden-Württemberg’s Finance Minister Nils Schmid (SPD) criticized the way that Switzerland has taken. “In the fight against tax evasion is not about to provide individuals in the pillory, but about creating justice in the sense of the vast majority of honest taxpayers.” A mention of the names of individual taxpayer is incompatible with tax secrecy in Germany.
Before it became known that the Swiss Tax Administration has published the names of possible tax cheats from abroad on the Internet. You can find these in addition to names from Germany such as those from the UK, France, the Netherlands, Poland, Czech Republic and Russia, but also from India and – in this case only with initials – from the US.
Switzerland justified the step with overload. Let there be overwhelmed with requests for mutual assistance of tax inspectors from other countries, and wished those affected in this way put on notice, reported the Swiss Sonntagszeitung . The real purpose of the publication is thus to enable those concerned to appeal against the compromise of their data. Among the names are published according to the newspaper even celebrities.
The names will be published on the Internet portal of the Swiss Federal Journal. There laws and decisions of the government and parliament are to be found. Numerous “releases of the Swiss Federal Tax Administration (FTA) – assistance” will be freely accessible. Also called numerous companies with the name and country of the head office.