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Black money row: Indian team to visit Switzerland

Fighting the menace of black money has been a key priority for the government: Finance Ministry

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Publish Date: Jun 16 2016 10:06AM | Updated Date: Jun 16 2016 10:06AM

Black money row: Indian team to visit Switzerland

 After the recent meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Swiss leadership, an Indian team of officials will soon visit Switzerland to seek action on requests for information on Indians who have stashed money with banks there.

The two countries are also working on an agreement that would entail automatic exchange of information beginning 2018.
A high-level delegation from Switzerland on Wedneday met top finance ministry officials and discussed wide ranging bilateral and multilateral tax and financial issues, days after Modi met Swiss President Johann Schneider-Ammann in Geneva.
In his meetings with revenue secretary Hasmukh Adhia and economic affairs secretary Shaktikanta Das, Swiss state secretary for international financial matters, Jacques de Watteville said that, Switzerland now has the necessary legal bases to begin with the implementation of automatic exchange of information (AEOI) and a bilateral agreement can be reached by the end of this year.
Once this agreement is signed, it will be possible for India to receive from 2018 financial information of accounts held by Indian residents in Switzerland on automatic basis. The statement was released by finance ministry.
The statement added more, "fighting the menace of black money stashed in offshore accounts has been a key priority for the government".
Experts of both the countries will meet by mid-September 2016 to further discuss the modalities for the reciprocal bilateral implementation of AEOI between India and Switzerland with a view to reaching an agreement at the earliest, possibly by the end of the year.
In a joint statement after the meeting, the two sides said they agreed that regular contacts "facilitate a common understanding of each other's concerns so as to ensure that the requests are dealt with quickly and efficiently.