Germany buys Dubai data to track possible tax evasion

It said an anonymous informant approached German officials and offered to pass on the data, for which the Federal Tax Office paid about 2 million euros ($2.42 million), Spiegel said. Scholz did not confirm or deny the details reported by Spiegel about how the CD was purchased or the price.


Reuters | Berlin | Updated: 11-06-2021 22:14 IST | Created: 11-06-2021 22:14 IST
Germany buys Dubai data to track possible tax evasion
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Germany has bought a trove of data that could help treasury officials track down possible tax evasion by wealthy German citizens, Finance Minister Olaf Scholz said on Friday. "The data will now be evaluated by the regional tax authorities," Scholz said in Berlin. "Tax evasion is not a minor offence it is a crime."

Der Spiegel Magazine first reported the purchase of a CD containing details of assets in Dubai such as tracts of land and real estate owned by German nationals. It said an anonymous informant approached German officials and offered to pass on the data, for which the Federal Tax Office paid about 2 million euros ($2.42 million), Spiegel said.

Scholz did not confirm or deny the details reported by Spiegel about how the CD was purchased or the price. Tax authorities in Germany's 16 states had in the past sought information from countries like Switzerland to unearth possible tax evasion by wealthy Germans.

Scholz, who leads the Social Democratic Party (SPD), has made fair taxation a major election pledge before an election in September forecast to deal his centre-left party its worst-ever result. ($1 = 0.8263 euros)

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