Data on Maltese nationals’ Dubai offshore holdings given to police
03 Aug 2021

Information on around 20 Maltese nationals’ offshore holdings in Dubai has been passed on to the financial crime police by the tax authorities.

Details from the so-called ‘Dubai list’ was obtained from Germany last week following a request by Malta’s Inland Revenue Department.

Last month, Times of Malta reported how a request for data on any Maltese passport holders was sent to the German government by the island’s tax officials after Berlin purchased data on millions of international taxpayers from an anonymous source in Dubai.

The move to obtain information on Maltese nationals was aimed at uncovering potential tax dodgers who hide their wealth overseas, with a particular focus on high-net-worth individuals.

It is understood that while some of those identified live and work in Dubai, others are domiciled in Malta, raising suspicions over their holdings in the Gulf emirate.

Lax tax enforcement

It is not yet clear whether the data was passed on to the police by taxmen for criminal investigation or as part of an intelligence sharing exercise.

Tax evasion, and lax enforcement thereof, was singled out as one of the main reasons why Malta was last month placed on the so-called grey list of untrustworthy financial jurisdictions.

By Ivan Martin, Times of Malta, 2 August 2021

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