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A public registry will be of dubious value if it is bypassed by criminals and those who misuse companies to launder money or evade taxes, says Geoff Cook

3 March 2015

A public registry will be of dubious value if it is bypassed by criminals and those who misuse companies to launder money or evade taxes, says Geoff Cook

Ed Miliband's recent statements on the crown dependencies and overseas territories' record on tax transparency sadly seems to bear all the hallmarks of electioneering, designed to put pressure on the Cameron administration.

For the jurisdictions to be used as a political football in this way is a shame, as tax transparency (including beneficial ownership) is an important subject and one that Jersey takes seriously.

So far as Jersey is concerned, we have captured beneficial ownership information on a corporate registry since 1999 and this information is available to law enforcement agencies. In addition, the Jersey Financial Services Commission (JFSC) regular...

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