“Secrecy World” author Jake Bernstein explains how the super-wealthy hide billions using tax havens and shell companies. Following is a transcript of the video.
In 2016, 11.5 million files were leaked from Mossack Fonseca, the world’s fourth largest offshore law firm. These were called the Panama Papers. Hundreds of thousands of offshore entities and shell companies connected to over 200 countries and territories appear in the papers. Prominent world leaders, politicians, business people and the super wealthy were exposed to have been using offshore accounts for tax avoidance and other purposes.
So, why should you care? Every year, about 70 billion dollars that the US could be using for infrastructure, law enforcement, healthcare or education is missing. It’s hidden deep within shell companies and anonymous entities in places like the British Virgin Islands. Now, let’s back up. What exactly is a shell company anyway?
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