Guatemala Still a Tax Haven

In the new list of countries which France has categorized as tax havens France does not include Panama nor Costa Rica, however Guatemala remains along with seven other jurisdictions.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

In updated list of tax havens, which has not been reviewed since 2010 the following countries were excluded: Anguilla, Belize, Costa Rica, Dominica, Grenada, the Cook Islands, the Turks and Caicos Islands, Liberia, Oman, Panama, St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

The French Minister of Budget, Valérie Pécresse, said that all countries will continue to be monitored permanently.

"But Guatemala is still listed as a tax haven along with Brunei, the Marshall Islands, Montserrat, Nauru, Niue and the Philippines, a list to which Botswana has been added," reports

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Guatemala Wants to Get off OECD Gray List

December 2012

Representatives from the Tax Authority and the Ministry of Finance will sign agreements to exchange tax information with several countries. reports that "In Paris on Wednesday Guatemala signed an agreement to exchange financial information with 38 countries in order to get removed from the list of tax havens held by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). "

France Approves Double Taxation Agreement with Panama

November 2011

The French government has approved a bill to formalize the double taxation agreement with Panama.

The French government issued a statement after the Council of Ministers meeting which says, "The French government today approved the bill to formalize the agreement on double taxation with Panama, whose final adoption should allow the Central American country to be removed from the French list of tax havens."

Costa Rica Taken Off List of Tax Havens

July 2011

After completing twelve agreements to exchange tax information with as many other countries, the OECD has announced that Costa Rica will be excluded from the gray list.

A press release from the Ministry of Finance reads:


• Bill Compliance Standard on Fiscal Transparency is essential for implementation of international agreements

France Removes Costa Rica from List of Tax Havens

February 2012

The French government has reported that Costa Rica will no longer appear in its list of states and territories who are non cooperative with regards to taxation.

A statement from the Presidency reads:

- Decision conducive to investment climate in the country.
- New information exchange agreements will be signed in the next few days

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