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Korea, UK to coordinate on tax evasion

Korea’s National Tax Service commissioner Kim Dae-ji (left) poses with the UK’s HM Revenue & Customs first permanent secretary and chief executive Jim Harra in London, Tuesday. (National Tax Service)
Korea’s National Tax Service commissioner Kim Dae-ji (left) poses with the UK’s HM Revenue & Customs first permanent secretary and chief executive Jim Harra in London, Tuesday. (National Tax Service)
SEJONG -- The tax administrative agencies of South Korea and the UK have agreed to closely collaborate on exchanging information on how to track tax evasion by wealthy individuals.

The two also discussed ways to share confidential information regarding offshore tax evasion, said the National Tax Service of Korea on Friday.

The bilateral agreement came during a meeting between Korea’s NTS commissioner Kim Dae-ji and the UK’s HM Revenue & Customs First Permanent Secretary and Chief Executive Jim Harra in London on Tuesday.

Kim and Harra reached a consensus that the tax authority’s accurate assessment on income and the establishment of an income data hub must be a prerequisite for raising both welfare transparency and budget efficiency, according to the NTS.

The two chiefs, in particular, shared the view that the core of fair taxation is countermeasures on offshore tax evasion practices by those high-income brackets who are seeking to dodge taxes.

“Preemptive action is necessary, given that there are illegitimate transfers of the property and management rights to their children among some wealthy people,” said an NTS official. “Concerning the offshore dodging, the two sides are planning to vitalize information interchange in a prompt manner.”
 
Korea’s National Tax Service commissioner Kim Dae-ji (right) poses with Bulgaria’s National Revenue Agency director general Rumen Spetsov in Sofia, Thursday. (National Tax Service)
Korea’s National Tax Service commissioner Kim Dae-ji (right) poses with Bulgaria’s National Revenue Agency director general Rumen Spetsov in Sofia, Thursday. (National Tax Service)
After the meeting in the UK, Commissioner Kim held a meeting with his Bulgarian counterpart Rumen Spetsov in Sofia on Thursday, which marked the first of its case between the two tax administrative agencies.

The two chiefs have agreed to share information and know-how on the cash receipt system, which Korea was the first in the world to introduce. Bulgaria has been pushing for stable implementation of the cash receipt system in its market.

They also discussed ways to carry out policy coordination on heading toward digital-oriented, futuristic taxation.

The NTS said it would continue to conduct policy cooperation with other tax administrative agencies across the globe. “One of them is active sharing of Korea’s innovative digitalization in taxation with the global community.”

Earlier this year, NTS Commissioner Kim held meetings with his counterparts in Georgia and India, respectively.

By Kim Yon-se (kys@heraldcorp.com)
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