Guatemala: Insistence on Elimination of Bank Secrecy

For the second time the president of the Central Bank is proposing the elimination of bank secrecy so that cross-checks can be carried out in order to control tax evasion and increase tax revenues.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Just eight months ago, the president of the Central Bank insisted in Congress on the need to eliminate bank secrecy in order to minimize tax evasion and improve tax collection.

Barquín said that "... a law for the removal of bank secrecy, which has not been discussed since the last government, if approved would significantly improve tax revenues in the medium term by up to one percentage point of GDP, which is equivalent to Q4 billion annually. "

"... Almost all countries in the world have it and Guatemala is a country that is falling behind in this area not only for tax purposes but also in order to comply with the international commitments we have. Unfortunately it has not been on a priority for deputies. "



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