Italian police asked Switzerland information about 10000 banking clients

400On Thursday, Italy's tax police (GdF) have asked the Swiss authorities for information regarding Italians that deposited a total of €6.7 billion ($8 billion) in the country.

The police said in a statement the move, which concerned Italian citizens holding 9,953 financial positions in Switzerland, followed an investigation that last year led to a tax settlement deal between Italy and Credit Suisse.

The tax investigation started in 2014, which didn't involved the local branch. Then in 2015 the second part of investigation startd and it was over an alleged fraudulent system used by the bank to transfer money offshore, mainly through the use of insurance policies. 

The police declined to say whether the people Italy was seeking information on were Credit Suisse's customers and did not provide further details.

The statement said that 3,297 people had already been identified through a national voluntary disclosure tax amnesty scheme, used by the Italian government to encourage tax dodgers to declare funds held abroad in return for immunity from prosecution.

On 30 November an Italian judge approved a settlement between Credit Suisse and the country's authorities under which the Swiss bank agreed to pay € 109.5 million.

"Credit Suisse considers the investigation by the Italian authorities into Credit Suisse's cross-border business as closed," the bank told Reuters in an emailed statement.

"The court approval marked the end of the investigation by Italian authorities into Credit Suisse AG's Italian cross-border business for the period from 2008 to 2015," the statement added.

Switzerland's Federal Tax Administration declined to comment, pointing to a confidentiality clause that applies to mutual requests for assistance on tax matters.


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