Panama: Information Exchange Agreement In Question

The law which validates the treaty to exchange tax information with the U.S. is not benficial, say lawyers.

Friday, May 6, 2011

The treaty signed between Panama and the U.S. is disliked by Panamanian lawyers, who claim that the U.S. tax system is almost unique and that the differences between this treaty (TIEA) and agreements to avoid double taxation are huge.

According to an article in "Carlos Ernesto González Ramírez, a lawyer, lamented that the vice minister negotiated a treaty with the U.S. without even knowing the difference between the tax regimen of that country compared to most other countries. This lack of knowledge, he says, is demonstrated in the statements of the Deputy Minister of Economy and Chief Negotiator of the agreement, Frank De Lima, in which they compared the retroactivity of the double taxation agreements with the TIEA signed with the U.S. "

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