Massive data leak exposes offshore financial secrets

Discussion in 'News and Current Events' started by Quentinanon, Apr 4, 2013.

  1. Anonymous Member

    I noticed the absence of "JR" so that is what I went with.

    The Guardian's tracking of the story is using the non-junior appellation:

    The Guardian today reveals the identities of celebrities and aristocrats – including Mel Gibson and Placido Domingo – who have had offshore dealings, as controversy grows over the Jersey links of the newly-appointed financial services minister Andrea Leadsom.

    Not like the Guardian to overlook a detail like this, but it's entirely possible.

    Placido Domingo, opera singer

    The Spanish singer's PR firm in Los Angeles agrees that his family benefited from a Jersey trust. "There was, but no longer is, a trust for his son … administered by a law firm. Mr Domingo Jr is not and never has been a UK resident." Domingo himself, now living in the US, is also not liable for British tax.
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  2. DeathHamster Member

    Yeah, Placido Domingo jr was married to Samantha, and from Tony's story, his father was never in.
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  3. Anonymous Member

    Okay, my bad. I thought that perhaps Daddy Domingo was a clam, too.
  4. DeathHamster Member

    I think that there's been a whole lot of nothing since the last round of leaks.
  5. Anonymous Member

    This ICIJ thing that is teamed with the Guardian is the largest new leak that I'm aware of.

    The Placido Domingo fail on my part reminds me that Lenny Bruce made a point of addressing the "junior" thing when he was doing a parody of how much celebrities are paid in relation to that paid to school teachers.

    His parody character addresses Sammy Davis Jr, as "Mr. Junior."
  6. Anonymous Member

    In case it got lost in my fail posts, here's a link that is germane to the July 8th 2014 story:

    New Bank Leak Shows How Rich Exploit Tax Haven Loopholes

    The identities of thousands of wealthy offshore clients of a major Channel Isles private bank have been leaked to the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists.

    The individuals include donors to the British government, which has been outspoken against tax havens, and some of the most prominent people in British life.

    The ICIJ has exclusively allowed The Guardian newspaper to analyze more than 20,000 of the names, all of whom had dealings with a discreet Jersey, Channel Islands branch of Kleinwort Benson, a famous London firm which specializes in “wealth management.”

    In the interests of transparency, ICIJ and The Guardian will publish some of their findings over the coming days, detailing the offshore links of political donors; international celebrities; judges; sportsmen; businessmen; and British aristocrats.

    Names range from vacuum cleaner tycoon James Dyson to Hollywood actor Mel Gibson. Today The Guardian identifies party donors who over the years have paid more than £8m to the governing Conservative party.

    My disappointment is that the Interactive Map from April 03rd, 2013 hasn't (yet) had any kind of substantial update:
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  7. DeathHamster Member

    I hope they mean exclusively in the UK.

    From the news link at the top of the thread:
    By a whole lot of nothing, I mean a whole lot of nothing by the governments. A little noise about cracking down on rich tax dodgers, and then .. oooo shiny!
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  8. fishypants Moderator

    I don't know. Here in the UK, if the taxpayer (or rather, the non-taxpayer) paid what they owe without being taken to court, then I don't think that it would become public knowledge necessarily - HMRC couldn't tell the papers due to the Data Protection Act.
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  9. DeathHamster Member

    They'd find a way to mention it without going into specifics, perhaps a lump total.

    "I am pleased to report to the honourable members of the House that due stringent measures against off-shore tax cheats by Her Majesty's government, over *cough*5 quid*cough* in revenue has been collected, which will now be directed to such worthy causes as the pension for grandmother's kidney machine."
    Other members: "Here here!"

    In government, the appearance of doing something is far more important that actually doing anything. The lack of an attempt at appearances means that they are probably doing nothing.
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