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Whistleblower who helped U.S. recover $5-billion in taxes wants to help Canada too

By Abbas Rana      

Bradley Birkenfeld told The Hill Times that he'd be happy to provide valuable information with documents that could help Canadian authorities recover unpaid federal taxes in offshore accounts. It's estimated that Revenue Canada is losing about $8-billion in lost taxes from offshore bank accounts each year.

Former UBS AG Banker Bradley Birkenfeld, pictured at the movie opening of Snowden in Germany last month, received a $104-million award in return for the assistance he provided to the U.S. tax authorities in tax evasion investigations. Photograph courtesy of Bradley Birkenfeld
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A former banker-turned-whistleblower, who helped the U.S. Treasury recover $5-billion in back taxes, fines, and penalties has been unsuccessfully trying to provide information to Canadian Parliamentarians and officials which he says would recover an estimated $1-billion in taxes from offshore accounts. But a Senator on the Banking, Trade, and Commerce Committee says he’s interested and will ask committee members to consider inviting the former banker to appear before the committee to share the information. “If somebody tells me,

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