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Debate on the plan was postponed following complaints by several Swiss political parties that the measure lacked specifics - including the size of fines Swiss banks could potentially face The National Council, Switzerland's lower house, on Wednesday voted to postpone discussion on a proposal floated by the country's cabinet last week that would let domestic banks provide information to US law-enforcement officials investigating alleged tax evasion. Roland Meier, a spokesman for the Swiss finance ministry, said that the plan will now go to the finance committee of the upper house, or Council of States, for discussion, before being sent back to the lower house's finance committee. The talks are expected to take place in the next two weeks. online.wsj.com


New rules apply from 25 January 2013 National Bank of Ukraine, beginning from 25 January, will individually for every applicant set the amount of currency that could be transferred abroad by individual-resident. Currently individuals, residents of Ukraine, are allowed to transfer to foreign accounts no more than 600 000 UAH (est. 76 000 USD) per year. www.epravda.com.ua


Government will ask Switzerland for full disclosure Hungary's government plans to identify and tax all wealth held by Hungarians in foreign - mostly Swiss - banks, the Hungarian prime minister's chief of staff Janos Lazar said on Wednesday. Hungary now wants to tax all holdings in foreign deposits at an average 35 percent rate, Lazar told reporters. He said the central European country will ask Switzerland first to disclose all data pertaining to bank accounts of Hungarian citizens in Swiss banks. Hungary's government, which has struggled to improve tax collection as it works to keep its budget deficit under the European Union limit of 3 percent of gross domestic product, has been hostile to offshore holdings since it took power in 2010. Citing international comparisons and intelligence sources, Lazar said the total holding of Hungarians in foreign, mostly Swiss banks is at least 1 trillion forints (USD4.53 billion) and perhaps as much as 2 trillion. It was also mentioned, that Hungary will start similar talks with other European countries like Austria and Cyprus. uk.reuters.com


The advantage of a central register of shareholders is that it makes transparent who is involved in a BV or a non-listed NV as a shareholder A central register of shareholders will be introduced. It has become clear during the tackling of financial-economic fraud that it currently takes a great deal of time to establish who is behind a private company with limited liability (BV), a non-listed public limited company (NV) or a construction involving several companies. This places a considerable burden on the investigative capacity. A central register of shareholders means that information about BV's and non-listed NV's will be available in one location. This is an important added value when compared with the current situation, because the registration of shareholders is currently performed by several parties and this does not provide a complete picture, is not always current or is inaccessible for performing checks and supervision by the government. The register will not be accessible for the public for reasons of privacy, but only to government services within the context of performing checks, supervision and enforcement. This concerns in any event the following government agencies: Justis, Ministry of Justice Agency for Scrutiny, Integrity and Screening, ...