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European Union blacklists 14 Caribbean countries as among world’s worst tax havens

Tax HavenFourteen Caribbean countries are among 30 territories blacklisted by the European Union (EU) as the world’s worst tax havens.

The list published by the EU on Wednesday includes Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Grenada, Montserrat, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, St. Kitts and Nevis, and the Turks and Caicos Islands and the US Virgin Islands.

Each of those countries, and the other 16 on the blacklist, had been suggested by at least 10 EU member states as problematic because they were not doing enough to crack down on tax avoidance.

Jurisdictions commonly labelled as offshore tax avoidance hubs, including Luxembourg, Jersey and Switzerland, were not on the list.

European Commissioner for economics, taxation and customs Pierre Moscovici said that publishing the list of “non-cooperative jurisdictions” was a decisive step in pushing the territories to adopt international standards.

“Our citizens can no longer tolerate that certain companies, often the most prosperous, avoid fair tax contributions and that certain tax regimes encourage them on this path,” he said.


The European Commission, the EU’s tax watchdog, issued the list at the same time it unveiled a plan for tackling corporate tax avoidance.

The aim of that plan is to tax companies where they earn their profits, rather than allowing firms to shift money into low-tax jurisdictions.

Moscovici said corporate tax needed a “radical reform” and all member states needed to “pull together” to ensure companies paid their way.

The others on the blacklist are: Andorra, Liechtenstein, Guernsey, Monaco, Mauritius, Liberia, Seychelles, Brunei, Hong Kong, Maldives, Cook Islands, Nauru, Niue, Marshall Islands, Panama and Vanuatu.

 

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Comment by JUNGLIS on June 24, 2015 at 4:52am
Jamaica isn't listed because they have conformed and are cooperating with the powers that be. ensuring that, Jamaica is giving up and giving access to the country's banking records.
Comment by Chedd Asafah Brown on June 23, 2015 at 12:38am
I'm surprised Jamaica isn't listed
Comment by O.N.E. on June 22, 2015 at 1:03pm

ONE WORLD ECONOMY ..... Question .... WHO is COLLECTING?? #TheRICHkeepGettingRicher #PuppetLeaders #CommoditySystem #BoughtandSold 

Comment by Incognito on June 22, 2015 at 8:37am

Quite ironic, since these Tax havens were set up by EUROPEANS...

Listen folks, the actual purpose of this is to INFORM Tax dodgers that these Islands are NO longer Tax havens, but Tax traps. There are new Tax Havens out there.  However you first gotta know the tax avoidance strategies to move money off shore...

I suggest all West Indians planning to return to the islands in the next 10-15 years should be thinking of Tax planning strategies - especially if it involves selling portfolios of Real Estate (here in the U.S.). The Capital Gains, Gift, and Transfer Tax rules will crush you guys if you don't.  By the way, if Uncle Sam doesn't get it from you, he'll take it from your kids. What am I taking about - how about giving away almost 50% of everything you own!!

Comment by Roots aka TJ What De Ras on June 21, 2015 at 9:47pm
They need to lower the import tax.

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