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The banking world is littered with institutions that have paid astronomical fines for their failures around anti-money laundering (AML) legislation....more
The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has made it clear that it will continue an aggressive practice of prosecuting foreign banks and bank personnel that have materially aided U.S. taxpayers in hiding money offshore. The most...more
One of the things that has long puzzled me is what led to the significant rise in the enforcement of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) beginning in the 2003-2004 time frame? ...more
Since 2009 there have been three offshore voluntary disclosure programs offered by the IRS. The major difference among the three programs is the FBAR penalty, known as the civil miscellaneous penalty. ...more
The UK Government has announced a review of the Bribery Act 2010 and its intent to reduce the cost of compliance for small and medium-sized businesses. The main focus will apparently be on facilitation payments. These are...more
In a three-count indictment unsealed on May 28, 2013, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York alleged that the owners, founders and managers at Liberty Reserve, an online currency exchange, conspired...more
Sometimes what we think is obvious is really not so obvious. Sometimes bold conclusions mask nuances or difficult issues. ...more
For taxpayer’s who had direct or indirect control over offshore financial accounts which aggregated $10,000 or more in calendar year 2012 a Report of Foreign Bank or Financial Account, known as an FBAR (Form TD 90-F. 22.1) is...more
I was recently interviewed by Branislav Hock, a Research Master in Law Tilburg University in The Netherlands in connection with his graduate studies.
Bribery, including its various forms such as political contributions or...more
The recent prosecution of two registered broker-dealers and a Venezuelan government official for FCPA violations underscores a point I often make – nothing good ever happens when the government has a reason to look around in...more
In this presentation:
- Tax Considerations of International Grantmaking in Today’s World
- Recent Developments in International Philanthropy – Best Practices
- Grants to Foreign Charities
News reaches us of a private small round table session put together by Transparency International and attended by some from the US FCPA white collar community (we understand Mark Mendelsohn attended) and our very own David...more
The IRS and the Justice Department have increased their efforts regarding criminal investigation of international tax evasion. ...more
In line with our recent coverage of the Internal Revenue Service’s initiatives to pursue illegal offshore tax havens, on May 16, 2013 a Florida couple – Drs. David Leon Fredrick and Patricia Lynn Hough – was indicted by a...more
Can you synthesize and reconcile the world’s leading laws, regulations and commentaries on the best practices an anti-bribery and anti-corruption compliance program. ...more
On February 1, 2013, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin sentenced Arvind Ahuja, a Milwaukee neurosurgeon, to serve three years of probation and to pay a fine of $350,000 following his conviction by...more
On May 13, 2013, the Supreme Court denied a taxpayer’s petition for certiorari regarding the Seventh Circuit’s August 27, 2012, decision applying the Required Records Exception to override the taxpayer’s Fifth Amendment...more
Has the Financial Conduct Authority (“FCA”) in the UK started as it means to go on? The FCA recently fined a UK subsidiary of a private Swiss Bank for failing to establish and maintain effective anti-money laundering controls...more
Last week, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced the indictment of two employees of a U.S. broker-dealer, Direct Access Partners, and a senior official in Venezuela’s state economic development bank, Banco de...more
In our most recent discussion of the IRS’s Offshore Enforcement Initiatives, we discussed the John Doe Summons recently issued by the U.S. Department of Justice to Wells Fargo seeking information about First Caribbean...more
On May 7, the DOJ charged two employees of a U.S. broker-dealer and a senior official in Venezuela’s state economic development bank for their alleged roles in what the DOJ describes as a “massive international bribery...more
On May 7, 2013, the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York (SDNY) unsealed extraordinary criminal charges against two registered representatives of a U.S. broker-dealer and a high-level Venezuelan...more
The IRS continues to aggressively pursue offshore tax evasion. Another example of which is plan to share tax information with Australia and the United Kingdom....more
On April 30, 2013, the United States Department of Justice issued a “John Doe Internal Revenue Code” summons to Wells Fargo Bank, as a provider of correspondent bank services for Canadian Imperial Bank...more
The first step a taxpayer with undisclosed or unreported offshore accounts or assets undertakes in seeking to enter the Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Initiative (OVDI) is to apply for pre-clearance from the IRS Criminal...more
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