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The "Wealth Tax" Contagion Is Rapidly Spreading: Switzerland, Cyprus And Now ....

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It was only yesterday that we wrote about comparable problems to those which Russian depositors may (or may not be?) suffering in Cyprus right, this time impacting wealthy Americans and their Swiss bank accounts, where as a result of unprecedented DOJ pressure the local banks will soon breach all client confidentiality and expose all US citizens who still have cash in the former tax haven under the assumption that they are all tax evaders and violators. And in the continuum of creeping wealth taxes which first started in Switzerland, then Cyprus, and soon who knows where else, there was just one question: "The question then is: how many of the oligarchs, Russian or otherwise, who avoided a complete wipe out and total capital controls in Cyprus, will wait to find out if the same fate will befall them in Switzerland? Or Luxembourg? Or Lichtenstein? Or Singapore?" Today we got the answer, and yes it was one of the abovementioned usual suspects. The winner is.... Lichtenstein.

Yes: the little principality that is an even greater tax (evasion) haven for the world's ultra wealthy, even more so than Zurich, Geneva or Zug, is now under Big Brother's microscope.

But fear not. All the other tax havens listed above are quite certainly about to meet the iron, resolute fist of the US Department of Injustice. After all, unlike TBTF banks, depositors are hardly "systemic", and thus Eric Holder and his henchmen will have zero reservations when pursuing the full extent of the (selectively crony) US laws against them.

From Bloomberg:

The U.S. has asked Liechtenstein to hand over data on foundations that may have been used to hide untaxed American money from the Internal Revenue Service, a step that may threaten Swiss banks. 


The U.S. wants to know the number of foundations set up by fiduciaries -- lawyers, accountants, financial advisers and asset managers -- for American taxpayers, according to a letter sent by the Department of Justice to authorities in the Alpine principality. A “formal request” to fiduciaries will follow, the DOJ said. 


“Seeking documents from the Liechtenstein fiduciaries is an important investigative step,” which will shed light on “the roles of banks, of bankers outside of Liechtenstein,” the Justice Department wrote in the letter, adding that it looked forward to receiving the data by March 29.


The DOJ is investigating at least 11 financial firms, including Credit Suisse Group AG (CSGN) and Julius Baer Group Ltd. (BAER), for allegedly helping Americans hide money from the IRS. The Liechtenstein request will add to the information the IRS garnered as 38,000 Americans avoided prosecution through an amnesty program, which involved paying back taxes and penalties and disclosing their offshore accounts and bankers. 


“It’s a further evolution of the Department of Justice using third-party fiduciaries to gather more information on these structures and the banks involved,” said Milan Patel, a former IRS trial attorney who is now a partner at Zurich-based law firm Anaford AG. “This could be bad news for Switzerland, as the information could be used against more Swiss banks.”

In case anyone is still confused about what is going on, here is the summary: any geographic venue that for whatever reason was once considered a global tax haven in the "Old Normal", be it Switzerland, Greece, Luxembourg, Singapore, or as the case may be Lichtenstein, is now fair game for confiscation and otherwise expropriation of local capital. 

Alas, as this money will not be enough to plug what is not a liquidity but global insolvency black hole, which is made worse daily by the endless interventions of central planners, once the deposits of the wealthy at these small, powerless to defend themselves countries is concluded, next come the entities with the really big deposits: the US, the Eurozone, and the grand daddy of them all: China.

In other words, the forced ~30% wealth tax on all financial assets is coming. Just as foretold here first in September of 2011 and as was recapped last weekend.


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Mon, 03/25/2013 - 19:31 | 3374665 chubbyjjfong
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Just like Herpes.. once it starts.. you'll never get rid of that shit. 

Mon, 03/25/2013 - 19:33 | 3374673 RacerX
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Mon, 03/25/2013 - 19:36 | 3374690 kaiserhoff
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If these retards last long enough,

they will figure out that friends come and go,

but enemies accumulate.

Mon, 03/25/2013 - 19:42 | 3374722 new game
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suprise, suprise, suprise; gee wiz, who woda thunk a statist would go to where da money is and create a tax to get at it.

smart as a bank robber.  only thing there missing is the mask...

Mon, 03/25/2013 - 19:54 | 3374785 Mark Carney
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In other news:


Man in Alberta selling his house for




Mon, 03/25/2013 - 19:57 | 3374794 CClarity
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Why no mention of the Caymans or Jersey or other off-shore parking zones so beloved by the US elites and politicians?

Mon, 03/25/2013 - 20:04 | 3374821 kaiserhoff
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Hush yo mouff.  Moochelle got plans for Bamy's third term, and then her three.

Unlike that old white lady, they got Opra on day side.

Mon, 03/25/2013 - 20:25 | 3374897 HoofHearted
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Seriously, people, you can be your own Central Bank. All you need is a lake and some shiny stuff.

Mon, 03/25/2013 - 21:41 | 3375157 Muddy1
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I will be avoiding the tax/haircu(N)t.  I exercised my own capital controls by emptying my account, and safe deposit box.  I am my own central bank.


Mon, 03/25/2013 - 21:47 | 3375180 Bicycle Repairman
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"Why no mention of the Caymans or Jersey or other off-shore parking zones so beloved by the US elites and politicians?"


Mon, 03/25/2013 - 21:53 | 3375215 smlbizman
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im sorry , i was shoviling my drive here in delaware......whats the question?

Mon, 03/25/2013 - 23:45 | 3375587 thisandthat
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The question was... rhetoric

Mon, 03/25/2013 - 22:08 | 3375283 Buck Johnson
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Because that is our elite money laundering areas along with Britian and it's in our sphere of influence aka hemisphere.  They won't go after them until the rest are gone and then do the 30% tax. 

Tue, 03/26/2013 - 00:06 | 3375619 Dugald
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suh! you is talkin of America's finest....

and also most untouchables.....

Thar ya go!!

Mon, 03/25/2013 - 20:22 | 3374878 akak
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Man in Alberta selling his house for bitcoins....

No, that was just an editor's mistake.

The man in Alberta is actually selling his house for 5400 pounds of Bit O'Honey candy.

Not only is Bit O'Honey tangible, physical, recognizable, storable and divisible, but best of all, you can eat it.

Mon, 03/25/2013 - 20:54 | 3375009 zanez
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Bit O'Honey, BITCHEZ!

Mon, 03/25/2013 - 22:50 | 3375448 scrappy
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You ZH guys are a trip. And smart.

Tue, 03/26/2013 - 00:23 | 3375624 thisandthat
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They also cut out the transaction fees

What's he talking about? Cost me 5€ to transfer 10k within Eu - compare that to the buy/sell spread in BCs....

and limits that come with moving money via a traditional bank

Oh?!...Those 10k were cash withdrawn in a single operation, no questions asked - again, try doing that with BCs...

Mon, 03/25/2013 - 20:57 | 3375013 kill switch
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If these retards last long enough,


Whores, Ugly Buildings, and Politicians all become respectable if they last long enough..

Tue, 03/26/2013 - 07:57 | 3376044 Proofreder
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+1 for the Chinatown ref ... a pity great films like this are no longer made, in deference to zombie flix.

Polanski and Nicholson - whatta pair.

"You may think you know what you're dealing with, but believe me, you don't," is perhaps more aprospo to the times.


Tue, 03/26/2013 - 18:26 | 3379185 kill switch
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Mon, 03/25/2013 - 19:45 | 3374736 formadesika3
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Forgot to mention Grand Fenwick.

Tue, 03/26/2013 - 07:00 | 3375954 Slartibartfast
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Not a lot will get the reference (and even fewer have seen the film), but Sir I salute you! That scheme seems almost reasonable compared to what's going on. Forget mice roaring...anyone ever see what happens when a a few mice are caught in one of those 'live' traps? They start eating each other...elites are no different. Music over, all the chairs the real games begin.

Tue, 03/26/2013 - 09:19 | 3376311 Tango in the Blight
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CaliforniTURDS should stop counterfeiting Pinot Grand Fenwick or THIS MEANS WAR!

Tue, 03/26/2013 - 13:01 | 3377657 formadesika3
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That film was a travesty! Also the book I might add. No self-respecting Grand Fennyuckian deigns to take notice of such twaddle. 


It being the land of my bird, I admit I was a little peeved it wasn't mentioned. Mention Lickenstein but Not Grand Fenwick! Unpossible!

But not as a tax haven! 

It is a Grand LIE that the Ducky is a haven for tax cheats!

That's all I have to say on the subject.

Now I will sing the National Anthem (as parsevalleyed in the local idiom):


Gran' Fen-nyuck-yuck, Gran' Fen-nyuck-yuck!

I tip my crowns to theeee

Like stargazers from a new bride's bosom,

Thy gold crowns amassed is unsurpassed,

No taxation nor inflation,


Wonder pair! Wonder pair!

The twin peaks of mine vision


Da da dah-dah-dah da dadada da

Da da dah-dah-dah da dadada da


Gran Fen-nyuck-yuck Gran Fen-nyuck-yuck!

The land of my bird,

No invasion force can stay her course

Th' dream we seek in steering clear

Of troublepuss bitchez and far hen herds!


Wonder pair! Wonder pair!

The twin peaks of my vision


When you get down, just take a nod to ol' Fenyucky,

Piddlin' lil place gets my heart all a-plucky!


Gran' Fen-nyuck-yuck Gran Fen-nyuck-yuck!

Landlocked yes but locked in love,

Like stargazers from a new bride's breast,

All true Fenyucksters welcome at the community chest!

Steeped in her blessings are we!


Wonder pair! Wonder pair!

The twin peaks of mine vision

Mon, 03/25/2013 - 19:38 | 3374681 wee-weed up
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Easy way to "get rid of that shit"...

Take your money outta the fukin' banks and buy gold & sliver!

Mon, 03/25/2013 - 19:55 | 3374787 Kaiser Sousa
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"Easy way to "get rid of that shit"... Take your money outta the fukin' banks and buy gold & sliver!"

exactly!  you can lead a american to freedom but it would appear you got to hit him in the fucking head with a brick before he grasps it.... 

Mon, 03/25/2013 - 20:37 | 3374908 wee-weed up
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Unfortunately, the American populace has been "successfully" dumbed down. The Socialists have had control over public education for the last 30 years. And now they control the MSM too. If you doubt this, just ask yourself how in the hell someone like Obama, with his miserable record, ever got re-elected.

Mon, 03/25/2013 - 22:11 | 3375297 MrPalladium
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They have had control of the MSM for the last 80 years.

Tue, 03/26/2013 - 04:05 | 3375834 bigkahuna
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IMO, the same way the last few presidents were elected, diebold.


Yeah, low information voters are not helping anything.

Tue, 03/26/2013 - 08:00 | 3376054 Proofreder
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As in:

You can lead a horticulture, but you cannot make her think ?



Mon, 03/25/2013 - 19:47 | 3374748 max2205
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Hello, so long, we hate to see you go.....

Mon, 03/25/2013 - 20:41 | 3374963 onelight
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So long and thanks for all the fish.

Mon, 03/25/2013 - 20:20 | 3374869 MartyBee
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This is old news!
Has anyone heard of FATCA?
27+ countries have already signed up to provide info on US expats to the Treasury and IRS.

Tue, 03/26/2013 - 05:33 | 3375886 Urban Redneck
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Apparently you aren't familiar with what FATCA does and does NOT say.

Mon, 03/25/2013 - 20:21 | 3374877 Larry Dallas
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What you won't see are the names of prominent law makers. They pulled out a long time ago...

Mon, 03/25/2013 - 21:48 | 3375184 Money Squid
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Chubby, sorry to hear about your condition. Hang in there buddy.

Mon, 03/25/2013 - 19:31 | 3374669 Tsar Pointless
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May I be the first to say, "Whocouldanode?".

Mon, 03/25/2013 - 19:37 | 3374672 Abraxas
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Nobody fucks with Lichtenstein!

Mon, 03/25/2013 - 19:38 | 3374698 wee-weed up
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Bernanke pronounces it...


Mon, 03/25/2013 - 19:38 | 3374699 kaiserhoff
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Do they have their own language, or just a bad throat condition?

OK, that's always thrown at the Dutch, but it's still funny.

Mon, 03/25/2013 - 21:05 | 3375054 hooligan2009
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liechtenstein is a landlocked country owned by a royal family. it has one street a few roundabouts and a michelin star hotel. it is about 2 miles long half a mile wide and completely surround by (very high) mountains.

and no, i didn't go there for tax reasons!!!!

Mon, 03/25/2013 - 21:26 | 3375113 DirkDiggler11
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And of all people Gen George S Patton is buried in a small millitary cemetery in Lichtenstein.

Mon, 03/25/2013 - 21:52 | 3375149 wee-weed up
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Patton is buried in Luxembourg, not Lichtenstein. They're both tiny countries, but Luxembourg is about 20 times bigger than Lichtenstein. One can drive across miniscule Lichtenstein in about 10 minutes. I've visited both - and I saw Patton's grave whilst in Luxembourg.

Mon, 03/25/2013 - 22:45 | 3375386 Likstane
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Being from Likenstane myself, I can vouch for Patton being in the Shitstreke cemetary of Likenstane; he was a national hero and was rehypothecated there.  I'm pretty sure Barry Manilow is also from Likenstane. 

Mon, 03/25/2013 - 22:55 | 3375468 scrappy
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Thanks for the historical correction.


Correcting history is worthy of ZH, which it does everyday!


Something to ponder huh?

Mon, 03/25/2013 - 22:00 | 3375246 smlbizman
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i love google map....liechtenstein seems very inviting...

Tue, 03/26/2013 - 02:45 | 3375776 Ratscam
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trust me it is incredibly boring, even the royal family live mostly in Vienna or other capitals of Europe

Mon, 03/25/2013 - 19:33 | 3374674 nmewn
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Grand theft sovereigns...its not just for sheeple anymore ;-)

Mon, 03/25/2013 - 19:33 | 3374675 Phroneo
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I don't know, in terms of tax evasion, I have no problems with this. If people have legitimate money in these places then I'm sure they will be fine. Ideally, tehre would be no tax havens and we wouldn't need this privacy breach. But since they exist and lead to a lot of tax cheating (which normal citizens cannot partake in), it's a neccesary evil. 


Besides, it does kind of fulfill the "transparency" condition of a free market :P

Mon, 03/25/2013 - 19:35 | 3374685 nmewn
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Neccesary evil.

So you're saying a government (any government) is less evil?

Mon, 03/25/2013 - 19:38 | 3374702 toys for tits
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Necessary evils are still evil.

Mon, 03/25/2013 - 19:48 | 3374760 kaiserhoff
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I'm sure there is a jay walker or a mall skate boarder, somewhere in Lichtenstein.

By Bruce Krasting's standards, they are all guilty.

Hang 'em high.

Mon, 03/25/2013 - 21:03 | 3374920 akak
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LOTS of "dirty money" in Lichtenstein.

Did you hear me, "Dirty Money". That's "D-I-R-T-Y".

I said "DIRTY!!!"

You may all now proceed to your trial to receive your sentences, which of course will be "guilty".

Mon, 03/25/2013 - 19:41 | 3374706 Urban Redneck
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There not asking for financial account information, which is what they were "authorized" to ask for by FATCA...  

Mon, 03/25/2013 - 19:55 | 3374789 Z'
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It's like the FATCA Marshmallow Man was put in the microwave... it just keeps expanding.

Mon, 03/25/2013 - 20:18 | 3374861 pods
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The US government is the best "Just the Tip" player ever.


Mon, 03/25/2013 - 19:41 | 3374712 FieldingMellish
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The Beast that is insolvency will not be satisfied with mere Cyprus's and Lichtenstein's. The Beast will need forever bigger hosts on which to feed. Italy, Spain, UK,...

Mon, 03/25/2013 - 19:50 | 3374758 new game
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one of these hosts aint gonna take to kindly to being ripped off. just sayin...


dirty deeds done dirt cheap...

Mon, 03/25/2013 - 20:28 | 3374915 HoofHearted
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"You got a Central Banker and you need him dead, but you haven't got the guts?"

AC/DC is one of the greatest bands ever!

Mon, 03/25/2013 - 21:44 | 3375169 FreeNewEnergy
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Being of both Sicilian and Italian descent, I can tell you firsthand that my brothers and sisters do not appreciate being robbed one bit.

Why do you think "vendetta" is such a well-known term?

Italians - and Sicilians - are generally happy, peaceful people. Don't cross them, though, because many adhere to the extended golden rule, which is, if you do unto me badly, I will do unto you worse.

In other words, if the stiffs from the troika think they're going to get their hands on Dago money, they're dumber than they already appear to be.

I'm trying really hard to be nice about this.

Mon, 03/25/2013 - 19:51 | 3374771 kaiserhoff
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Finally, a prediction I can believe in. 

Mon, 03/25/2013 - 19:47 | 3374746 DeadFred
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THe IRS and DOJ are involved therefore they are wrong even if they are right. It's simple deductive logic.

Mon, 03/25/2013 - 20:00 | 3374808 nmewn
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Another good point by Fred!

Maybe the IRS needs to change its name to External Revenue Service. I'm American but if I were another country I'd tell them to go pound sand. Was the principle taxed at earnings in the US of A? Must have been or they're a criminal or a politician.

It was taxed once here and then moved offshore where capital is & done.

Mon, 03/25/2013 - 20:00 | 3374763 hooligan2009
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many of these countries exist because of secrecy and low tax rates.

taxes that would otherwise be paid in their relevant domiciles is not paid, because banks (US, European and UK banks) direct money and structure tax deals in and out of these jurisdictions.

what confuses me is why hedge funds are not being brought to book in states like Delaware. The number of shelf companies is approaching that of the Carribean.


why doesn't anyone care about the corruption of the last french government (up to and including president sarkozy and current head of the IMF Lagarde). i guess the Cyprus story and FATCA compliance are more important...oh well

Mon, 03/25/2013 - 20:02 | 3374815 Pareto
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None of what you just said, makes a bit of fucking sense.  Especially the last line

Mon, 03/25/2013 - 22:00 | 3375239 Professorlocknload
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Mon, 03/25/2013 - 22:07 | 3375277 Professorlocknload
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So, is the clap a necessary evil as well? 

How is involuntary confiscation of the fruits of ones labor "necessary?"


Mon, 03/25/2013 - 19:33 | 3374677 youngman
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They better hope they do not have any gold or silver stored in New York somewhere......

Mon, 03/25/2013 - 19:34 | 3374680 Ban KKiller
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Holder is powerless AGAINST banks. Holder is a stooge. 

Holder is powerful against depositors on behalf OF banks. 

Mon, 03/25/2013 - 19:42 | 3374726 Sabibaby
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Holder needs a noose around his neck. Nothing will happen, but I am curious about the status of off shore accounts in the Gulf of Mexico.

Mon, 03/25/2013 - 19:35 | 3374688 overhere2000
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I could care less about tax havens.

Mon, 03/25/2013 - 19:38 | 3374700 notquantumdum
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'Even if it brings into question the meaning of "personal property rights" in your jurisdiction?

Mon, 03/25/2013 - 19:40 | 3374708 notquantumdum
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Be careful what you wish for.

Mon, 03/25/2013 - 19:48 | 3374751 Frank N. Beans
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first they came for the rich who saved taxes by putting their wealth in swiss and liechtensteinian banks, and i did nothing...


Mon, 03/25/2013 - 20:00 | 3374807 Urban Redneck
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The only people with money in Lichtenstein BANKS are the Swiss and Austrians, whose governments don't really care, Lichtenstein isn't about banks and the jurisdiction isn't used for banking in terms of the great fiat circle jerk with Uncle Sam in the middle...

Mon, 03/25/2013 - 19:59 | 3374805 Jendrzejczyk
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Important point.

It's tempting to look the other way as banks and governments steal wealth from those wealthier than us, and justifing it by believing they must have stolen that money, or not paid a fair share of taxes on it.

A wide net is being cast, and who knows how many innocent fish are being killed in the process.

Don't look the other way as other's property rights are being trampled, you will be next.



Tue, 03/26/2013 - 02:04 | 3375734 DoChenRollingBearing
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Mon, 03/25/2013 - 19:48 | 3374754 max2205
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Tax haven= Mattress

Mon, 03/25/2013 - 20:07 | 3374825 agent default
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Hey window licker, if they get rid of "tax havens", then they will be free to tax, no even better cap your assets to $10000 or whatever they feel like.  Once there is no way out you are at their mercy .Do you understand this birth control poster boy? Understand now retard?

Mon, 03/25/2013 - 19:36 | 3374694 chubbar
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It's hard for me to understand why these countries are cooperating with the U.S. when they didn't for the last century or more?

In addition, who gives a fuck? No one worth a tinkers damn couldn't find a way around this nonsense. The fucking elite are trying to close the barn doors and the horse is long gone over the horizon. They ought to be more concerned about their own theft and noncompliance, but that surely would be news!

Mon, 03/25/2013 - 19:44 | 3374735 orez65
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The best thing we have going for us is that they are incompetent.

Mon, 03/25/2013 - 19:51 | 3374743 hooligan2009
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international banking domiciles are having to comply with money laundering and terrorism laws. 

in other words, the trigger is the funding of terrorism, whether its iran, north korea or, now, syria (but no longer libya).

of course, the state of israel will be forgiven any and all sins of buying arms, as will saudi arabia, but you get what  you either pay for or what natural resources you have.

also, don't forget that iran still has money (around $10 billion, without interest) sequestered by the US government and held by the NY Fed from the 70's.

Mon, 03/25/2013 - 19:54 | 3374784 new game
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im having a hard time understanding why anyone is cooperating.



Mon, 03/25/2013 - 19:59 | 3374802 Pareto
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When you don't have anything to lose..................................................

Mon, 03/25/2013 - 20:14 | 3374846 sethstorm
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Infinite jurisdiction, courtesy of being the United States of America or its close allies.

You dont cooperate, your country ends up like Cyprus or worse.  Hard to have sympathy for tax evasion - much easier to have sympathy for it being brought to a painful end.

Right now, this means that it becomes a liability to aid/abet tax evasion, especially for pushover countries that have no other main industry.

Mon, 03/25/2013 - 19:37 | 3374695 steve from virginia
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Hmmm ...


Somehow I don't think the US Department of Justice is going to bankrupt Lichtenstein ... or Switzerland, either.


The ECB, on the other hand ...

Mon, 03/25/2013 - 19:37 | 3374696 lolmao500
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Guess what, the average folks will support this since ``only the rich and those not paying their fair share`` gets stolen from... (let's all forget the few who have saved for their retirement)

Mon, 03/25/2013 - 19:51 | 3374774 Urban Redneck
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"Average folks" are FUCKING RETARDS, who would willingly & eagerly run into a gas chamber if you told them there was a pile of free iCrap at the back end...

Tue, 03/26/2013 - 02:12 | 3375757 e-recep
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believe it or not, communism is coming. we are almost half there, wealth is no longer secured and is out there in the open to be devoured by the masses and their beloved politicians.

Mon, 03/25/2013 - 19:38 | 3374701 Zero_Sum
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BK talked about this in his blog last week. No. Safe. Haven. Except in the form of a shiny stack in my safe, under the watchful muzzle of my rifle.

Mon, 03/25/2013 - 19:40 | 3374707 epi_tis_thalassis
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and how about the really big stuff? Cayman, Bermuda, Isle of Man etc? Will they follow?

Mon, 03/25/2013 - 20:12 | 3374841 Winston Churchill
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Isle of Man already reports UK citizens to UK Govt. as far as interest income.

The rate is so low on deposits who gives a shit.Seeing how I'm paying to deposit

in Switzer can I get a rebate on US income taz ?

Mon, 03/25/2013 - 19:39 | 3374709 hannah
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'tax havens' today and tomorrow your shit tiny account will be open and available for all gov agencies to scan......

Mon, 03/25/2013 - 19:51 | 3374770 Terminus C
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"will be"?

What is this will be shit, your accounts are already scanned by the government.

Tue, 03/26/2013 - 16:00 | 3378627 hannah
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'legally' they are not open. 'politically' they are not open. ask pres huessen if our rights are proetected and he will answer YES....the sheeple believe that nothing has changed.

Mon, 03/25/2013 - 20:37 | 3374949 epi_tis_thalassis
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LOL "will"

Last week I read about a greek jobless guy in Kavala who had his last 120 euros confiscated by the state for taxes owed. Now that's almost as medieval as it can get.

Mon, 03/25/2013 - 19:40 | 3374710 tornado_watch
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The great cash grab is on and havens are under attack. All this excitement, I'd nearly forgotten about the pilfered millions by Rajoy and the rest of the Spanish leadership. 

Mon, 03/25/2013 - 19:42 | 3374713 Racer
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These drug junkies, er, banksters are getting low on their fixes and getting desperate and want to mainline direct from supplier, er bank unsecured, er secured, now wait, secured deposits, oh F^*%, get a FIX NOW or the (my) world will blow up and I will DIE

Mon, 03/25/2013 - 19:46 | 3374744 notquantumdum
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'You mean the bankers want the Feds to be using the SCMODS against them and their clients?

(Think "Blues Brothers" State County Municipal Offender Data System)

Mon, 03/25/2013 - 19:42 | 3374720 Tinky
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You mean Lichten "the very last domino" stein?

Mon, 03/25/2013 - 19:44 | 3374731 apberusdisvet
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Please be advised that the DOJ under Obama and Holder have never mentioned the Caymans, long rumored to be the recipient of all Congressional bribes and corruption.  Hmmm Hmmm Hmmm

Mon, 03/25/2013 - 20:24 | 3374893 ziggy59
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Yeah, but Europe is so beautiful in the Spring

Mon, 03/25/2013 - 20:32 | 3374931 Kirk2NCC1701
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Shoulda watched 'March Madness' on a Cayman Island beach.  What about Berdmuda, that other perpetual haven for the rich & discrete?

Mon, 03/25/2013 - 19:44 | 3374732 Meat Hammer
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The - Hand over your money to save the planet from global warming - scheme isn't working.

The - The rich need to pay their fair share so let's raise their taxes - scheme isn't working.

The QE heroin-injection highs are getting shorter and shorter.

The house of cards foundation of the global economy is weakening and being exposed, as this tax-haven destruction expedition shows.

It's only a matter of time.

Mon, 03/25/2013 - 20:09 | 3374835 agent default
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I tend to agree with this outlook.  Their intentions are unlimited, but their time is not and they are running out.

Mon, 03/25/2013 - 19:44 | 3374734 chump666
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Crony Capitalism with Keynes blessing can strip mine the poor with inflation (love that oil Bernanke you f*cking idiot), force them into consumption and into a stock market bubble.  Now for the rich.

What we are witnessing is the birth of capital controls on everything.  This is a very dangerous time for everybody

Mon, 03/25/2013 - 19:45 | 3374738 Ineverslice
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I understood that there would be no caining...

Mon, 03/25/2013 - 19:48 | 3374755 masaccio
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Suck it up, boys, the steal all the money and screw people party is over.

Mon, 03/25/2013 - 19:48 | 3374756 mt paul
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no more bailouts

with out pain ..

Mon, 03/25/2013 - 19:51 | 3374773 JenkinsLane
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And you can be sure whatever wealth taxes are enacted in the future will not touch the 0.1%:

"I don't seek any tax advice from experts," boasts Simon from his Geneva redoubt. "I can't read a computer screen and never use a calculator. It's all in my head and by hand." Simon's global web, set up to avoid taxes, has baffled investigators for years. For starters, there are more companies than employees: Some 200 entities were created in the West and nearly 100 more by his Russian associates. Shells within shells within shells--constantly shifting, many with similar names--in places like Cyprus, the Bahamas, the Cayman Islands, the Isle of Man. In 1999, a Virgin Islands shell (Landal Worldwide) seems to have been at the pyramid's apex. Below that, at various times: Trans World Group Inc.; Trans-World Group PLC; Trans-World Metals International; Trans-World Metals SA; TWM Holdings; TWM Trading; Transmet; Landal SAM; etc. The Reubens had a private bank in Western Samoa, a second in Moscow, a third in the Bahamas, a bank holding shell in Bermuda, and various accounts at nonrelated Swiss, German, and U.S. banks such as Bank of New York. The layers just go on and on, an optical illusion to make M.C. Escher scratch his head. "Simon loves the complexity," says one Trans World insider. "He'd set up three companies just to pay his rent."

"Capitalism in a Cold Climate" June 12 2000.


Mon, 03/25/2013 - 20:09 | 3374833 sethstorm
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The more of those that crash to a halt, the better.  Tax evasion (also known as avoidance) like that only makes its practicioners that much more of a target.

Perhaps those kind of people could take a lesson from Icarus and stop before they fall hard. 

Mon, 03/25/2013 - 20:09 | 3374834 Urban Redneck
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Oddly enough- it would serve them right, since a huge chunk of the dollars are already back in the US, and if Uncle Sam eventually gets his hands on them it means those dollars will be pulled out the US economy and both the oligarchs who profit by the fascist State and their less well off but every but as self-serving and thieving 99% who vote power to the fascist State will suffer for their sins (unfortunately along with those who just want to be left alone and want none of this insanity).

Mon, 03/25/2013 - 19:52 | 3374777 ziggy59
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...US gov workers owe over 3.5 Billion $...and im sure most of it, if not all is no where but the in US.. Wonder how much the Cons in Congress owe..
Notice any crap nothing but crap idiots like Cramer talking of that? No, me either...

Mon, 03/25/2013 - 19:54 | 3374780 ekm
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There are only 4 ways to do CDS payouts due to stratospheric leverage:


1) Work and produce (ha, ha, ha)

2) Print money  (problem, there's not enough collateral to buy in order to create money and it grinds the real economy)

3) Steal money from the people (currently being the plan but it literally leads to implosion of real investment)

4) Default (crapping of few primary dealers)


I think the governments and central banks are moving from 2 to 3 and very soon jumping to 4, since 3 will backfire in no time.

Give it few more weeks.

Mon, 03/25/2013 - 19:55 | 3374788 new game
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sons of anarchy - bitchez

Mon, 03/25/2013 - 19:56 | 3374791 IridiumRebel
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If they wanna close loop holes and shore up funds, why not work on the 500 billion in .gov redundancy? Oh yeah, they want a Bohemoth .gov.

Mon, 03/25/2013 - 19:58 | 3374797 sethstorm
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Nowhere to run, nowhere to hide when it comes to attempting tax evasion/avoidance.  

As for Cyprus, that now can happen anywhere that thinks it is beyond reach.


Mon, 03/25/2013 - 19:59 | 3374800 ziggy59
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Nearly 108,000 feds are behind on their taxes

40 Obama White House aides owe the IRS $333,000 in back taxes

We are all equal..some more equal than others, apparently

Mon, 03/25/2013 - 20:15 | 3374847 Jim B
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Yes, the full force of the injustice department will be brought to bear on those small enough to squash.... Like bugs! 

Mon, 03/25/2013 - 20:22 | 3374883 ziggy59
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So, lets do the math..
3.5 billion / 108000 ...hmmm carry the one...ahhh

Approx $ 32400 average owed ...not sure if it include penalties, etc

Oh, yeah...dont try this at home, folks! oweing the gov anywhere near this amount is a equal to a life sentence when you dont work for .gov

Mon, 03/25/2013 - 20:01 | 3374810 new game
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i say fight authority, fight it steathfully and intelligently, but do fight-never give up.

be smart, your not 18 anymore...

Mon, 03/25/2013 - 20:04 | 3374818 Haole
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Oh, so what D-Boom meant to say was "Cyprus a template for the world"?

Great, that's awesome.


Mon, 03/25/2013 - 20:05 | 3374820 ziggy59
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This article says over 1 billion..

This article say 3.5 billion

I guess 3.5 billion is still(?) greater than 1 billion, so the first article is correct too?

I guess desparate times call for desparate measures...these fools are very desparate..

Mon, 03/25/2013 - 20:14 | 3374845 notquantumdum
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'Hate it if borring, but . . .

'Still think this should be mentioned -- at least for the US (if not an example (of what not to do) for others):

Mon, 03/25/2013 - 20:15 | 3374850 notquantumdum
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Keep in mind, these charts are supposed to be for ALL govt stuff in the US, not just the feds.

Mon, 03/25/2013 - 20:21 | 3374874 notquantumdum
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'And . . .

Check out how all these charts change in about 1913 or 1912.

Gee, I wonder what could have happened just around that time that made things different?

Mon, 03/25/2013 - 20:23 | 3374884 notquantumdum
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But, maybe not.

I can't seem to obtain enough good data to figure out what happened too much earlier.

Mon, 03/25/2013 - 20:32 | 3374932 notquantumdum
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'if this much can be trusted.

Mon, 03/25/2013 - 21:40 | 3375153 W74
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Dude, instead of replying to your own posts several times in succession, just click on 'edit'.  Thanks.

Mon, 03/25/2013 - 20:14 | 3374849 sangell
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Mitt Romney's tax return was over 800 pages! Mine hasn't grown to LA phone directory size... yet, but give it time. I have some ( losing ) shares in a Canadian gold miner that I sure wish I didn't. Not because mining shares have done poorly but because it is a foreign asset and it pays a small dividend that I misreported by $14. IRS also found a $1 error on my T.D. Ameritrade account. I'll spare you the horror story that then ensued but you need to know that 22% of IRS employees are black and at least one standard deviation below normal IQ.


Mon, 03/25/2013 - 20:25 | 3374896 dick cheneys ghost
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Sangell, you said you had a Huge fine............Hoped you worked it out..........Fuck the IRS

Mon, 03/25/2013 - 20:36 | 3374947 notquantumdum
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'unless one actually owes them money, right?

Mon, 03/25/2013 - 20:30 | 3374926 notquantumdum
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'fair tax.

Mon, 03/25/2013 - 20:39 | 3374957 ziggy59
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This brings me to ask, how many politicians that do their taxes, get audited?

Mon, 03/25/2013 - 20:58 | 3375022 notquantumdum
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PS, why should one care if one were "black"?

I thougt we all were . . . if one looks far enough.

Mon, 03/25/2013 - 20:59 | 3375029 notquantumdum
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'back in time that is.  We all on this planet appear to be of African desent.  'I think.  (genetically, statistically.)

Mon, 03/25/2013 - 21:02 | 3375041 notquantumdum
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'sorry, meant "decent" that is.


Mon, 03/25/2013 - 21:04 | 3375049 notquantumdum
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I'm a terrible speller.  I think I meant, "descent."

Mon, 03/25/2013 - 21:59 | 3375241 notquantumdum
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'not in a negative sense . . . but, I mean we are all of African descent.  (As in, we are all descendants of that origin, genetically, statistically, apparently, i suspect.)

Tue, 03/26/2013 - 03:04 | 3375788 Real Estate Geek
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There's not a prize for the most posts on a thread.  Just sayin' . . .

(But I didn't down-vote you.)

Mon, 03/25/2013 - 21:30 | 3375127 sangell
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60,000 years ago that was the case. A few left Africa and continued to evolve. They inhabited the rest of the earth though there were also some Denovian and Neanderthal breeds that predate modern man.

Mon, 03/25/2013 - 22:21 | 3375327 Jugdish
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Both of you did an incredible job listening in school to the wonderous fables. Congratulations to you both. Your masters are proud.

Tue, 03/26/2013 - 10:01 | 3376503 Shankopotomus
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800 pages long? Which year?

Mon, 03/25/2013 - 20:15 | 3374853 ziggy59
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They eat their own..Exclusive: Congressional Ethics Probe Adds to Michele Bachmann’s Political Woes

Hey, idiots that are on the oxymoron(emphasis on moron) Congressional Ethics Committee, any word when we can expect the Honorable(fucking joke) Jon Corzine ( fucking jokex2) to be investigated for breach of ethics?
Lemme guess...same answer he gave.. "I Dont Know"

Mon, 03/25/2013 - 20:18 | 3374863 MartyBee
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This is old news!
Has anyone heard of FATCA?
27+ countries have already signed up to provide info on US expats to the Treasury and IRS.

Mon, 03/25/2013 - 20:41 | 3374959 Kirk2NCC1701
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"Heard of it?"  ROTFL.  We've been talking about it and had articles for over a year.

The damn Thing keeps morphing and shape-shifting like its sci-fi counterpart, and some countries have agreed (folded), while others are still negotiating (resisting).

It's the Predator Drone of offshore investments.

If you live in this country, you are absolutely screwed, as there is NOTHING like it for any citizen in any other country.  "Free" or "Brave", my ass!

Depending on your situation (wealth and mobility) you will want to or have to expatriate.  The best time to do your homework and legwork was 5 years ago (2008).  Next best time in "now".  By 2014 it may be too late.

Mon, 03/25/2013 - 20:59 | 3375025 ziggy59
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Kirk, any room for one more to beam up?
Just ask'n

I miss MY old planet...a lot!

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