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Top Lawyer Group Says Mexico Tax Crackdown Is Going Too Far

  • The International Bar Association says rule of law threatened
  • Taxpayers warned by authorities not to consult lawyers
Arturo Herrera
Arturo HerreraPhotographer: Alejandro Cegarra/Bloomberg
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An international legal organization told Mexico’s Finance Ministry in a letter that the country’s hardball tactics to fight tax evasion are threatening the rule of law, in another chapter of the increasingly frosty relationship between the government and the business community.

Peter Bartlett, vice chair of the International Bar Association’s legal practice division, said in a letter sent to Finance Minister Arturo Herrera that the organization had received “very disturbing” reports that taxpayers were being warned not to consult with lawyers in tax disputes. Moreover, taxpayers are facing threats of criminal fraud charges if they fail to reach deals with the authorities, according to the missive sent by the London-based IBA.