10 Aug '12, 1pm

The 'Singapore Connection': German Tax Investigators Set Their Sights on UBS via @SPIEGELONLINE

The 'Singapore Connection': German Tax Investigators Set Their Sights on UBS via @SPIEGELONLINE

The idea was to go after wealthy Germans who had stashed money in Switzerland to avoid paying taxes back home. But now German tax authorities' hunt for tax evaders could turn into a headache for Swiss banking giant UBS. German investigators who recently purchased data on UBS bank clients have come into possession of documents that show how Swiss banks allegedly help clients transfer their assets to Southeast Asia to evade taxes, according to the Friday edition of the Financial Times Deutschland . "For the first time, we have a paper trail to Singapore," a source close to the North Rhine-Westphalian state Finance Ministry told the newspaper. North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany's most populous state, has led the way in buying Swiss bank customer data in a bid to catch German tax cheats. The UBS material is apparently so revealing that the investigation into the bank has now beco...

Full article: http://www.spiegel.de/international/germany/german-author...

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