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India takes part in joint taskforce meet in Paris for work on Panama Papers

A number of countries shared information in confidential competent authorities sessions, on structures that facilitate, enable and promote tax avoidance/evasion.

india Updated: Jul 18, 2017 20:54 IST
Indo Asian News Service
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A plate of the Geneva office of the law firm Mossack Fonseca is seen on June 16, 2016 in Geneva. The Panama-based law firm whose services include incorporating companies in offshore jurisdictions such as the British Virgin Islands.(AFP Photo)

India participated in the fourth Joint International Taskforce on Shared Intelligence and Collaboration (JITSIC) meeting reconvened in Paris to pursue work on Panama Papers in the last week of June 2017, officials said on Tuesday.

“Based on legal instruments under the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and Council of Europe Multilateral Convention and tax treaties, a number of countries shared information in confidential competent authorities sessions, on structures that facilitate, enable and promote tax avoidance/evasion. India also shared its experience in this regard,” the Indian finance ministry said in a statement.

“Collaboration with JITSIC has been useful for India in its fight against offshore tax evasion,” the statement noted.

Demonstrating the value and strength of JITSIC, 30 project participant countries have continued to exchange, analyse and act on information about taxpayers and intermediaries connected to law firm Mossack Fonseca.

“In the past six months, more than 570 requests for information have been sent to 32 countries. India has also sent several requests for information to various jurisdictions in the Panama Paper cases since the last meeting in January 2017,” it said.

JITSIC members have established the capability to allow for fast, effective and coordinated multilateral responses to any future data leaks and are sharing the same.

The joint international taskforce will continue to identify more arrangements as countries continue their investigations and share intelligence and new data comes to light, it said.

First Published: Jul 18, 2017 20:53 IST