Panama papers : analysis of the response to the tax heavens discoveries and the impact of the common reporting standard the Belgian case
Promotor(s) : Philippe, Denis-Emmanuel
Date of defense : 22-Jun-2017/27-Jun-2017 • Permalink :
|Title :||Panama papers : analysis of the response to the tax heavens discoveries and the impact of the common reporting standard the Belgian case|
|Author :||Lutsch, Philippe|
|Date of defense :||22-Jun-2017/27-Jun-2017|
|Advisor(s) :||Philippe, Denis-Emmanuel|
|Committee's member(s) :||Bourgeois, Marc
|Keywords :||[en] Automatic Exchange of Information, Common Reporting Standard, Tax Haven, Tax Avoidance, Tax Evasion|
|Discipline(s) :||Business & economic sciences > Accounting & auditing|
|Institution(s) :||Université de Liège, Liège, Belgique|
|Degree:||Master en sciences de gestion, à finalité spécialisée en Financial Analysis and Audit|
|Faculty:||Master thesis of the HEC-Ecole de gestion de l'Université de Liège|
[en] Tax havens have become increasingly present in the news nowadays, especially with a lot of scandals that have been revealed to the whole world. Although they have been often emphasized by media, it is certain tax avoidance and tax evasion have always been exploited by a lot of companies and individuals willing to hide their money from tax authorities.
This escape to tax havens has not been beneficial for countries since a lot of the tax revenues were not properly gathered, leading to a deficit in the forecasted budget. This awareness came along with the willingness to reform the whole tax system such that transfer of assets from a country to another would no longer be possible without an automatic exchange of information between states. This was the beginning of the implementation of the Common Reporting Standard developed by the OECD within European Union.
This master thesis examines in a first part the development of the automatic exchange of information since its premises, with the positive aspects and the drawbacks of each amendment that has appeared along the way. Although the focus is mainly on European Union, a reference is also made to FATCA since it is clearly the starting point of the European initiatives. Then, it analyzes the particular case of Belgium and the different impacts those changes have caused on its legal framework.
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