Luxembourg government appeals Panama Papers case

It was found that the tax authority had taken advantage of the information published by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) in the Panama Papers. [Shutterstoc/dennizn]

The government will appeal the administrative court’s decision that found the Direct Taxation Administration had “exceeded its powers” by requesting information about the clients of lawyers it was investigating, announced Finance Minister Pierre Gramegna.

It was found that the tax authority had taken advantage of the information published by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) in the Panama Papers – on the basis of documents obtained from the Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca.

With this information, the tax office contacted the lawyers located in Luxembourg cited in these documents to obtain a series of information.

(Anne Damiani | EURACTIV.com)

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