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Monday, July 9, 2018

Australia, Canada, England, Netherlands & U.S. Launch The J5: Joint Chiefs Of Global Tax Enforcement

J5Joint Chiefs of Global Tax Enforcement:

About Us
The Joint Chiefs of Global Tax Enforcement (known as the J5) are committed to combatting transnational tax crime through increased enforcement collaboration. We will work together to gather information, share intelligence, conduct operations and build the capacity of tax crime enforcement officials.

The J5 comprises the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission (ACIC) and Australian Taxation Office (ATO), the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA), the Fiscale Inlichtingen- en Opsporingsdienst (FIOD), HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC), and Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation (IRS-CI).

We are convinced that offshore structures and financial instruments, where used to commit tax crime and money laundering, are detrimental to the economic, fiscal, and social interests of our countries. We will work together to investigate those who enable transnational  tax crime and money laundering and those who benefit from it. We will also collaborate internationally to reduce the growing threat to tax administrations posed by cryptocurrencies and cybercrime and to make the most of data and technology.

What We Do
To actively bring about change, the J5 will:

  • Develop shared strategies to gather information and intelligence that will strengthen operational cooperation in matters of mutual interest, and target those who seek to commit transnational tax crime,  cybercrime and launder the proceeds of crime
  • Drive strategies and procedures to conduct joint investigations and disrupt the activity of those who commit transnational tax crime, cybercrime, and also those who enable and assist money laundering
  • Collaborate on effective communications that reinforce that J5 is working together  to tackle transnational tax crime, cybercrime and money laundering.

Results
The outcome of this active collaboration will see the J5:

  • Enhance existing investigation and intelligence programs
  • Identify significant targets for new investigations
  • Improve the tactical intelligence threat picture now and into the future
  • Lead the wider community in developing its strategic understanding of the methods, weaknesses and risks from offshore tax crime and cybercrime
  • Raise international awareness that the J5 is working together to reduce  transnational tax crime, cybercrime and money laundering, and create uncertainty for those who seek to commit such offenses.

The J5 was formed in response to the OECD’s call to action for countries to do more to tackle the enablers of tax crime. The J5 works collaboratively with the OECD and other countries and organisations where appropriate.

(Hat Tip: Jack Manhire.)

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