In recent years, German lawmakers have developed many activities to clarify tax evasion abroad. An essential part of this was the law on the exchange between different states on financial accounts in tax matters. The states concerned have undertaken to inform each other about the accounts of the respective citizens. Following an announcement by the German Federal Ministry of Finance on 29.01.2019, this list has now been updated.
With the help of an illegal tax trick, high tax advantages are to be obtained in so-called turnover tax carousels. Currently, there are more and more cases of tax fraud in trade with metals, especially copper.
The Federal Supreme Court has found contradictions in the judgment against the former German secret agent Werner Mauss because of the accusation of tax evasion. The Federal Supreme Court overturned the ruling and referred the case back to another criminal division of the Bochum Regional Court for a new hearing.
In January 2010, Hamburger Privatbank Warburg filed a civil lawsuit against Deutsche Bank at the Frankfurt Regional Court. The institute wants recourse for around 46 million euros, which the Hamburg tax office is demanding back from the Warburg Bank. Background is the Cum-Ex-Scandal, which moves since some years the minds of the German taxpayers and the experts for tax criminal law.
A former employee of the Swiss bank UBS is accused of extensive bank data theft. He is accused of industrial espionage, violation of banking and business secrets and money laundering. The case has been pending before the Swiss Federal Criminal Court since the beginning of this week.
According to recent reports in the Handelsblatt, in January 2019 the public prosecutor’s office brought charges against 19 people accused of evading taxes
In January 2018, the Göttinger Tageblatt reported on a criminal case against a lawyer. The lawyer is suspected of having evaded taxes. He is said to have declared private expenses for a finca on Mallorca and his wife’s Porsche as business expenses.
At the beginning of December 2018 there were press reports in Germany about a rush of Chinese companies to the tax office in Berlin Neukölln. Several thousand Internet traders from China applied for a German tax number there at short notice. It is very likely that there will soon be a series of criminal proceedings against Chinese Internet traders on suspicion of tax evasion.
For many people, offering Airbnb accommodation has so far been just a harmless extra income. This can change if the tax office starts to be interested in the income from renting the property.