Honduras: Two Anti-Evasion Bills

One focuses on banking, with consequences on bank confidentiality and has drawn criticism from various sectors.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Latribuna.hn published, "the former head of the National Commission of Banking and Insurance (CNBS), Gustavo Alfaro, said yesterday that there is confusion regarding the two projects related to fight against tax evasion one submitted by liberal Congressman Jose Simon Azcona Bocock and the other by Deputy Minister of Finance (MOF), Carlos Borja."

The bill submitted by the MOF is called "Tax System Update, Customs and Anti-Evasion Measures" and the one presented by Deputy Azcona Bocock is entitled "Anti-Evasion Law."

According to Gustavo Alfaro, the project presented by Finance does not violate bank secrecy while the one presented by Deputy Azcona does.

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The new law would empower the Tax Authority to investigate bank accounts, which currently can only be done by courts of law.

Leaders of the Honduran Council of Private Enterprise (COHEP) noted that the Anti-Evasion Law violates bank secrecy.

Within the criticism drawn by the bill, the executive director of COHEP, Armando Urtecho, told Tiempo.hn that they consider harmful, the law to grant an administrative officer the power to break bank secrecy, as it always has been prerogative of a judge and for concrete facts but not to be made public."

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