When we think of tax fraud in banking, we often don’t consider its far-reaching consequences, including its impact on the human rights of the residents of the states in which it occurs and beyond. By diverting public funds away from where they are needed most, sophisticated tax-avoidance schemes facilitated by banks make the quality of life of affected people that much worse. What must banks do to meet their obligations to the general public?
Money-laundering activities should have received a fatal blow from the scandals revealed in such documents as the Panama Papers, but recent events paint a different picture: the offshore finance industry and money laundering continue to be alive and well! Financial institutions that find AML compliance an escalating struggle are not alone, but the costs of non-compliance are even more taxing. It’s past time for banks to take a closer look at their client portfolios.
Panama continues its efforts to claw back from the shadow of the Panama Papers scandal. Its efforts seem to be paying dividends as the country returned third-quarter growth of 5.4 percent—slightly beating its 5.2-percent growth in the second quarter.