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BankinBits First Quarter Recap

The BankinBits blog, which discusses recent developments in the banking industry, has within the first quarter of 2014 addressed a diverse range of topics including banking services for the marijuana industry, the shuttering...more

Offshore Accounts? IRS is Watching

If you have unreported income from offshore accounts, now may be the best time to come forward and report those earnings; otherwise, you may be susceptible to criminal prosecution. The IRS initially began this...more

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Beanie Babies Creator Seeks Probation for $107 Million UBS Account

The Chicago Tribune reports that Beanie Babies creator Ty Warner, who pleaded guilty last year to one of the largest tax frauds in Chicago-area history, has asked the federal court to sentence him to probation. His sentencing...more

Where Do You Hide $1 Trillion?

According to a recent report by Global Financial Integrity (GFI), a Washington-based group committed to exposing financial corruption, developing countries lost almost $1 trillion to crime, corruption and tax evasion in 2011....more

Virtual Currency Year-In-Review: Bitcoin and Beyond

Bitcoin and other decentralized, math-based virtual currencies emerged in 2013 as nascent challenges to traditional payment systems, drawing widespread public attention, venture capital investment, and regulatory scrutiny....more

Legislative Update Report No. 2013-23 -- Dec 13, 2013

In This Article: Federal Government; Alberta; British Columbia; Manitoba; New Brunswick; Newfoundland; Northwest Territories; Nova Scotia; Nunavut; Ontario; Prince Edward Island; Québec/Quebec; Saskatchewan; and Yukon....more

At Risk Cash Transaction For Business Clients—The Computers Are Watching

It is Monday morning at your law office, and you get a telephone call from one of your smaller business clients. He is frantic to say the least. Over the weekend, his employee payroll checks bounced at the bank as well as...more

Raminfard Guilty Plea Highlights Complexity Of International Tax Compliance, Seriousness Of Violations, Importance Of IRS Offshore...

Los Angeles Businessman, David Raminfard, pleaded guilty on November 4th, 2013 in the Federal District Court in Los Angeles to conspiring to defraud the United States, the Justice Department and Internal Revenue...more

Council of EU Publishes UK Issues Paper on MLD4

On November 24, the Council of the European Union published a note (dated November 8, 2013) from the Council Presidency to Council Delegations which includes a UK issues paper on the fourth Money Laundering Directive (MLD4)....more

Client is contacted by IRS or DOL, have them be courteous and call an ERISA attorney

When you get pulled over by the police while driving, the best way to handle is to be pleasant and not be argumentative. You listen to the officer as to why he pulled over. Being belligerent and non-cooperative will only lead...more

US - Swiss voluntary disclosure program: deadlines are looming - Swiss banks need not panic, but must act swiftly and thoughtfully

The recently announced voluntary bank disclosure program between Switzerland and the US offers worried Swiss banks the possibility of peace of mind from future prosecution. The question now confronting Swiss banks is whether...more

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