has started talks with the US Treasury to comply with a law designed to counter offshore tax evasion.
The tiny islands are one of the world’s top offshore trust jurisdictions and the incorporated registry for hundreds of thousands of companies. Premier Orlando Smith said August 20, 2013 that the territory is negotiating an intergovernmental agreement with the US to comply with the US Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act.
Smith says the islands are “not being forced or coerced” into finalizing a pact under the US law that will take effect next year.
Smith said the islands’ crucial financial services industry has been consulted and agrees with the move.
“We are of the very considered opinion that this course is the best one to adopt for the BVI,” Smith said at a press briefing on the main island of Tortola.
The Cayman Islands announced last week that it had reached agreement with the US to provide information on accounts held by US citizens under the same law.
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