Pandora Papers: Argentina is third in the list of beneficiaries of offshore accounts

Argentina ranks third in the list of countries with the most final beneficiaries of offshore structures, according to the investigation “Pandora Papers”. In the 11.9 million documents with information on offshore companies that the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) began to publish this Sunday, Argentina is mentioned 57,307 times.

The researchers refer to “final beneficiaries” as persons who are the true owners and have final control of the offshore companies analyzed in the documents, regardless of who are the “namesakes” that appear on the papers of those firms in those jurisdictions. low taxation.

In the investigation appear societies of the political advisor to Mauricio Macri and the PRO, Jaime Durán Barba and the employer Mariano macri, the younger brother of former president Mauricio Macri.

In addition, the former presidential secretary of Néstor Kirchner is mentioned, Daniel Munoz, who left his post in 2009 and passed away in 2016, as well as the financier Ernesto Clarens, who confessed as repentant in the “cause of the notebooks.”

Operations of Zulemite Main, daughter of former president Carlos Menem, and of Humberto Grondona, eldest son of former AFA president Julio Grondona. According to this Sunday’s advance, Zulemita explained “for the first time” details about those movements, which will be published in the coming days.

The documents also include soccer stars such as Angel Di Maria and Javier Mascherano and the DT of Paris Saint-Germain, Mauricio Pochettino, who have given their versions and informed about their fiscal situation before the consultations.

Investigators clarified that resorting to an offshore company or opening a bank account in a tax haven is not, in itself, an illicit activity. Yes, it is if the “final beneficiary” of this operation does not declare his money or any other asset to the tax authorities of his country, since he may incur the crimes of evasion or laundering, among other criminal figures.

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