Joint Chiefs of Global Tax Enforcement (J5)

On July 2nd, 2018, Australia, Canada, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, and the United States tax authorities established an alliance known as the “Joint Chiefs of Global Tax Enforcement” (J5). The alliance has been created to help fight international and transnational tax crime and money laundering.

Hans van der Vlist, General Director FIOD relayed, “The unique thing about the J5 is the operational collaboration between five countries on tackling professional enablers that facilitate offshore tax crime, cybercrime and the threat of cryptocurrencies to tax administrations, as well as making best use of internationally available data and technology.”

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Don Fort, Chief of IRS-CI (Criminal Investigation) said, “We cannot continue to operate in the same ways we have in the past, siloing our information from the rest of the world while organized criminals and tax cheats manipulate the system and exploit vulnerabilities for their personal gain. The J5 aims to break down those walls, build upon individual best practices, and become an operational group that is forward-thinking and can pressurize the global criminal community in ways we could not achieve on our own.”