Switzerland provides names of suspected tax evaders into the net and everyone thinks it’s a scandal. It is an example of a functioning rule of law.
What was that for excitement over the Whitsun weekend. As wrote the Swiss Sonntagszeitung, “recently” point the Confederation dozens of names of suspected tax evaders for each available on the Internet. I beg your pardon? The country, which was known for its secretive bankers and seemed written in the national DNA bank client confidentiality – this country should make “more recently” alleged tax evaders in the pillory?
At the story’s true, although much. But a scandal is not what the press from Chandigarh to New York now reported and outraged politicians. Rather, it is an example of a functioning constitutional state. But first things first.
end of September 2012 occurred in Switzerland, a new set of rules in force. It says federal law on international legal assistance in tax matters. It came into being, like all banking secrecy reforms, only to great pressure from abroad. Rules The 25 articles, as the Confederation itself should behave when a foreign state asks for assistance -. So want to know if its citizens pay tax on the money in their Swiss bank accounts also good have
The taxpayer concerned – mostly – the right to defend themselves with a complaint against such a request for administrative assistance. They must appoint an authorized representative in Switzerland, which receives the notification of the tax administration. Now have not all alleged tax evaders called a proxy.
Legal correctness is more important than banking secrecy
From a Swiss perspective were the objections of Germany, which release the annotated the name, certainly something unintelligible. Norbert Walter-Borjans, finance minister in North Rhine-Westphalia and a committed buyer of stolen tax data discs said: “The way to the Swiss tax authority treading now, specifically, in fact.” His colleague from Baden-Württemberg, Nils Schmid, said: “In the fight against tax evasion is not about to provide individual on trial.” And the head of the German tax trade union scolded: “In Germany, such a thing would not be possible.”
In Switzerland the main reason is possible because the authorities legal correctness is more important than the secrecy of bankers , This includes for alleged tax evaders the opportunity to listen to
So must the Swiss tax officials write out the ladies and gentlemen in the official Federal Gazette -. So that they at least theoretically have the chance to appeal against the request for administrative assistance. “This corresponds to our Swiss fundamental rights”, according to Federal Bern.
celebrities with address listed
Therefore, can be found on the website of the Swiss Federal Tax Administration with a few clicks a few hundred names of suspected tax evaders. Including date and complete last known address. From India, France, Russia or Sweden they come, from the Czech Republic, Poland, the Netherlands -. And from Germany
The most prominent name among them is known Francisco José Ortiz von Bismarck, historians as a descendant of Chancellor Otto. The Celebrity postils-readers is the man a concept whose mother Gunilla is the uncrowned Queen Party in Marbella, Spain. The 35-year-old scion himself lives today, so said the mummy of the Gala, near Zurich and is supposed to be money invested in many start-ups.
Now is found Harvard graduate so the Swiss Official lists – and is there in similar illustrious company as in the tabloids. Already in 2014 wanted to know for example France, whether the former football star Patrick Vieira or Youri Djorkaeff actually tax the money in their Swiss UBS accounts – or not. Known cases were because the tax authorities could not determine the kickers Post.
The Swiss authorities put in all these processes in a legal quandary. What they should be weighted higher: the right to privacy or the right to be heard by authorities Decide