Taxes: how the offshore assembly scandals allowed the tax authorities to recover millions

Posted Jan 23, 2023, 12:50 PMUpdated on Jan 23, 2023 at 1:44 p.m.

While the National Financial Prosecutor’s Office has just issued an ultimatum to the French involved in the “Dubai Papers”, other scandals continue to occupy the tax authorities and the courts. And the exploitation of information born of leaks of confidential documents is proving fruitful. Two resounding cases – the “Panama Papers” and the “Paradise Papers” – have thus made it possible to bring nearly 200 million euros into the coffers of the State to date, according to the General Directorate of Public Finances (DGFIP) .

The “Panama Papers” file alone brought in 176 million euros to France. This case was revealed in 2016 by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, after a whistleblower transmitted files from the Panamanian firm Mossack Fonseca, which specializes in mounting front companies facilitating the concealment of assets. More than 600 files have been examined by Bercy. Of these, 198 gave rise to regularizations or adjustments following controls.

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