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Article posted Jul 22 2012, 1:50 PM Category: Economy Source: The Guardian Print

13tn: hoard hidden from taxman by global elite

Heather Stewart

Socialist drivel. Not having your money stolen by the government is not "hoarding," most everything these people are doing is perfectly legal, what these socialist control freaks want is a global fascist government where there are no "tax havens" and everyone is looted to the fullest extent. The solution to the "problem" in this article is let everyone move their cash off shore and avoid taxes, not bring everyone under a global fascist state. - ChrisA global super-rich elite has exploited gaps in cross-border tax rules to hide an extraordinary 13 trillion ($21tn) of wealth offshore as much as the American and Japanese GDPs put together according to research commissioned by the campaign group Tax Justice Network.

James Henry, former chief economist at consultancy McKinsey and an expert on tax havens, has compiled the most detailed estimates yet of the size of the offshore economy in a new report, The Price of Offshore Revisited, released exclusively to the Observer.

He shows that at least 13tn perhaps up to 20tn has leaked out of scores of countries into secretive jurisdictions such as Switzerland and the Cayman Islands with the help of private banks, which vie to attract the assets of so-called high net-worth individuals. Their wealth is, as Henry puts it, "protected by a highly paid, industrious bevy of professional enablers in the private banking, legal, accounting and investment industries taking advantage of the increasingly borderless, frictionless global economy". According to Henry's research, the top 10 private banks, which include UBS and Credit Suisse in Switzerland, as well as the US investment bank Goldman Sachs, managed more than 4tn in 2010, a sharp rise from 1.5tn five years earlier.

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