Guatemala Drafts Banking Secrecy Law

In two weeks, the Guatemalan Banking Regulator (SIB) is to send congress a proposal seeking to regulate banking secrecy.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Together with the secrecy law, another initiative forbidding bearer shares will also be submitted.

The head of SIB, Édgar Barquín, indicated that, "the initiatives seek to modify article 63 of the Banking and Financial Groups Law, which refers to operational confidentiality, as well as to amend the Tax Code in order to prohibit bearer shares," reports

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Guatemala Amends Bank Secrecy Laws

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The aim is to provide the Tax Authority with access to taxpayers bank accounts in order to comply with parameters of the OECD.

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This initiative aims to facilitate access to information relating to taxpayers bank accounts by the Tax Authority (SAT).

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July 2011

The urgency to pass the tax reform, among other things, has taken center stage in the government's agenda of issues.

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The country could face economic sanctions if congress fails to approve new laws in its next two sessions.

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