Informant offers to sell names of tax dodgers (updated)

A secret informant has offered to sell the German taxman the names of 1,500 Germans who have funds hidden in Switzerland, a newspaper reported Saturday.

The daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung said the unnamed whistleblower had supplied details of five accounts worth some €1 million ($1.4 million) in tax as proof and demanded €2.5 million for the full list.

The paper quoted a tax official as confirming that the five accounts had been checked and said the finance ministry was considering the proposed deal.

Read more in The Local (De).

Update: David Crawford and Deborah Ball of The Wall Street Journal provide additional coverage, here.

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