Growing worry for charities: Tax havens for the rich

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An exterior view of 56-60 Conduit Street in the Mayfair district of London, Monday, Oct. 4, 2021. The property is linked to Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev in a new report dubbed the Pandora Papers that sheds light on how world leaders, powerful politicians, billionaires and others have used offshore accounts to shield assets collectively worth trillions of dollars over the past quarter-century. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

(Associated Press) — A spotlight that has been thrown on how many of the rich and powerful shield their wealth is also intensifying a fear among philanthropy experts: That the tax havens being used by the wealthy will increasingly siphon money away from charitable causes.

Wealthy Americans have long sought to use charitable contributions to reduce their tax burdens. But the “Pandora Papers” report, issued Sunday by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, revealed how world leaders, billionaires and others have stashed trillions of dollars out of the reach of governments by using shell companies and offshore accounts, which are considered legal.

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