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Battuta D'arresto Per La Voluntary Disclosure

Come annunciato, l'articolo 1 del decreto legge 28 gennaio 2014, n. 4 (pubblicato in G.U. n. 23 del 29 gennaio 2014 – di seguito "Decreto") in materia di "Voluntary Disclosure" o "Collaborazione Volontaria" per il rientro dei...more

When Keeping Silent Can Be Used Against You

Prior constitutional law, as well as popular culture via crime shows on TV, inform us that a suspect can keep silent and that silence cannot be used against him in a criminal proceeding. This has been generally true, but a...more

Levin and McCain Urge DOJ to Seek Extradition of Fugitive Swiss Bankers

Bloomberg news reports that on March 18, 2014, U.S. Senators Carl Levin and John McCain wrote a letter urging the Justice Department to seek extradition of about 30 Swiss bankers and others who are charged with enabling...more

Bernstein Shur Business and Commercial Litigation Newsletter #38

We are pleased to present the 38th edition of the Bernstein Shur Business and Commercial Litigation Newsletter. This month, we highlight recent convictions in the Madoff scandal, class action litigation against General Motors...more

Nonresident Alien Who Was Previously a U.S. Resident Indicted for Tax Crimes

On March 20, 2014, a federal grand jury in Kansas City, Missouri indicted Victor Lipukhin for tax crimes that occurred from 2002-2007. What makes this indictment stand out when compared against many others is that the...more

Fraudulent Tax Returns Completed By Tax Preparers Can Cause Legal Issues For Taxpayers

Taxpayers should choose preparers judiciously and know when to seek legal support for tax fraud defense - The federal tax code has become so massive that even the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) admits that its agents...more

SCC Grants Leave To Appeal In Guindon v. The Queen

The Supreme Court of Canada has granted leave to appeal in Guindon v. The Queen (Docket # 35519). In this case, the Supreme Court of Canada will consider whether penalties imposed under section 163.2 of the Income Tax Act...more

46 sites blocked, watch your banners!

The Italian tax police seized 46 websites streaming videos in breach of the copyright holders, but is also going after entities “supporting” such sites through banners published on them so starting a new approach in the fight...more

Marijuana Taxation Update: State Sanctioned Marijuana Industry Must Keep the Federal Anti-Drug Trafficking Tax Code in Mind

As we have previously reported, despite the growing number of States that have authorized the use of marijuana in various forms, the federal government has continued to crack down on dispensaries. In addition to direct...more

Update: U.S. International Tax Enforcement Efforts

On February 25, 2014 the U.S. Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, issued its report on its investigation into offshore tax evasion and the participation of Swiss Banks. Specific recommendations were made, among...more

First Lady Of Tax Fraud

The IRS just issued its Criminal Investigation Annual Report. Budget constraints caused the staffing of Special Agents to drop to the lowest numbers in recent history, but 2013 included a 12.5 percent increase in...more

Senate Hearing Takes Aim on Offshore Tax Evasion

Today, February 26, 2014, the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations will hold a hearing on offshore tax evasion titled “Offshore Tax Evasion: The Effort to Collect Unpaid Taxes on Billions in Hidden Offshore...more

Once You Start Bribing – I Guess It Is Hard To Stop

News came out last week that chiropractor Stephen Jacobs of Lowell, MA is in hot water with the feds. Dr. Jacobs allegedly paid an IRS auditor $5,000 in cash to ignore two deductions he improperly took on this 2011 income...more

A Rose by any Other Name: DOJ’s FCPA Unit Brings Fraud and Money Laundering Charges Against Bechtel Executive

The variety of charges recently brought by the US Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) Unit against former Bechtel executive Asem Elgawhary signals that the DOJ is not only pursuing improper...more

Swiss Investment Adviser to Plead Guilty to Helping Americans Evade Taxes

Multiple outlets are reporting that on February 26, 2014, Martin Lack, a Swiss investment adviser and former UBS banker, will plead guilty in the Southern District of Florida to one count of conspiracy to defraud the United...more

Gentleman’s Club Owner Hit With Fraud Penalty

A new Tax Court decision just came out – Potter v. Commissioner, TC Memo 2014-18. The case involved a “gentleman’s club” owner in Michigan. In December 2006 IRS special agents engaged in an undercover investigation of...more

U.S. Signs Four More FATCA IGA’s

On February 5, 2014, the Treasury Department announced that it had recently concluded FATCA IGA’s with Canada, Hungary, Italy, and Mauritius. All four agreements were reciprocal Model 1 agreements. In other words, FFI’s in...more

Political Law Briefing - February 2014

In this issue: - Note: You Can Still Tune-Up on Government Affairs Compliance - FPPC Goes After More Committees in Its "Dark Money" Case - Down But Not Out: IRS Cites Political Activity in Denying Groups...more

6 Reasons US Taxpayers Should Report Assets Held in Swiss Banks Soon

Initial success of DOJ Swiss bank amnesty program creates greater urgency for US taxpayers. On December 31, 2013, the window to apply for the US Department of Justice’s (DOJ) amnesty program closed for certain Swiss...more

Release of Names With Interests in Offshore Entities: Ramifications

A database containing the names of more than 37,000 people with offshore entities and trusts in 10 tax haven jurisdictions was recently released online, providing a powerful investigative tool for regulators, journalists and...more

Must BitCoin Users file Reports of Foreign Bank Accounts (FBARs)?

A great deal of attention has been paid to BitCoin by the media, including the financial press. Among the reasons offered for using BitCoin is privacy and anonymity. However, a subtext in the rationale is that because of the...more

The Cloak of Invisibility for Foreign Accounts Is Rapidly Unraveling: IRS and Foreign Banks Are Clamping Down on U.S. Tax Evasion

A global push for enhanced financial transparency means that United States owners of foreign accounts and assets will not be able to remain invisible forever. New rules and enhanced enforcement of existing rules will soon...more

Courts are Consistently Ruling that the Act of Production Privilege Will Not Defeat Grand Jury Subpoenas Calling for Foreign Bank...

On December 13, 2013, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit issued its decision in United States of America v. Under Seal. On December 19, 2013, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit issued its...more

Will the U.S. Dept . of Justice Find Your Offshore Account?

At a recent tax conference a senior official of the U.S. Department of Justice DoJ) is reported to have said: “We’ll be looking for you”....more

Beanie Baby Creator Avoids Jail Time, Pays Steep Penalties for Undisclosed Offshore Accounts

On January 14, 2014, Beanie Baby creator H. Ty Warner was sentenced to two years of probation and 500 hours of community service resulting from his guilty plea for tax evasion. In addition, Warner was required to pay...more

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