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How Not to Use Bitcoin

The use of Bitcoin has both legal and potentially illegal applications. Bitcoin is just a contemporary version of the Informal Value Transfer System, (“IVTS”) which in some countries is known as the Hawala. The IVTS has been...more

New York Restaurateur Pleads Guilty to Hiding Money in Swiss Accounts

On February 19, 2015, Georges Briguet, the owner of New York restaurant Le Perigord, pleaded guilty to one count of corruptly endeavoring to obstruct the IRS by concealing the existence of his Swiss bank accounts. According...more

News from Second and State

As another relatively quiet session week comes to a close, our embattled row officers continue to make headlines. On Tuesday, two weeks after being charged, former Pennsylvania Treasurer Rob McCord appeared in federal court...more

IRS Scrutinizes Captive Insurance

Every year the IRS issues a list of tax scams pertinent to that filing season. This list is commonly referred to as the (“Dirty Dozen”). The Dirty Dozen warns taxpayers of illegal tax avoidance schemes that can lead to...more

Minnesota Weekly Legislative Update: 02/2015

This past week, commissioner salary raises were amended into deficiency funding legislation, tax committees heard a host of potential omnibus bill legislation, and additional testimony was heard on teacher tenure policy, as...more

IRS Telephone Fraud By “Mr. F-#-@-K Y-O-U”

Every year the IRS sends out its “Dirty Dozen” list. This is a compilation of the most prevalent tax scams, with the intent to inform and warn taxpayers of tax related rip-offs. The very first on the list involves...more

Not Paying Your Employment Taxes? Prison Time Could Be In Your Future

It is a very common story for small businesses to get behind on paying employment taxes. Federal employment taxes are largely made up of FICA and withholding taxes. The IRS is especially keen on businesses who fail to pay...more

Former Wegelin Banker Reportedly Arrested on U.S. Warrant in Germany

Multiple outlets are reporting that on February 2, 2015, three years after his indictment in the Southern District of New York, Swiss banker Roger Keller was arrested at the Frankfurt airport. On January 3, 2012, the U.S....more

No it is not the IRS calling. Phone scammers pretending to be the IRS

Phone scams have become a persistent and pervasive problem for many taxpayers. Scammers are able to alter caller ID numbers to make it look like the IRS is calling. ...more

IRS Focus: Offshore Tax Evasion Tops Dirty Dozen List

The IRS issued two New Releases this week that restate its focus on offshore tax evasion. The first was January 29, 2015 which followed the First International Criminal Tax Symposium....more

How the Rise in Undercover Investigations is Changing the Law  [Video]

Jan. 19, 2015 (Mimesis Law) -- Robert Blecker, professor of law at New York Law, talks with Lee Pacchia about the dramatic rise in undercover investigations and their effect on the legal defense of entrapment....more

The Year in White-Collar Crime: A Look Back Helps Us See Ahead

The Justice Department’s white-collar agenda in 2014 was marked by skyrocketing corporate settlements and continued reliance on deferred and non-prosecution agreements, coupled with compliance monitors. Several significant...more

Bank Leumi Enters Into DPA with U.S. Department of Justice

A major Israeli international bank admitted that it conspired to aid and assist U.S. taxpayers to prepare and present false tax returns to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) by hiding income and assets in offshore bank...more

Guindon: SCC Hears Arguments in Penalty Case

The Supreme Court of Canada heard oral arguments today in the case of Guindon v. The Queen (Docket No. 35519). At issue in the case is the nature of the third-party penalty in section 163.2 of the Income Tax Act....more

Last NC Law Changes of 2014 - just in time for the holidays

Although the NC General Assembly adjourned last summer it is customary to allow some laws that require lead time for implementation to go into effect on December 1st. The following is a list of NC laws that are new today...more

November 2014: White Collar Litigation Update

The Future of the Department of Justice’s High Visibility Offshore Tax Evasion Initiative. On August 29, 2013, the U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”) Tax Division announced the Program for Non-Prosecution Agreements...more

Fraudsters Rising: IRS Impersonators Flooding the Phone Lines

There seems to be an uptick in phone calls from people claiming to be from the Internal Revenue Service, telling potential victims they owe back taxes and demanding immediate payment. They threaten lawsuits (or worse) unless...more

Significant Setbacks to U.S. War on Offshore Tax Evasion with Two Not Guilty Verdicts for Offshore Bankers

As reported in this blog and elsewhere over the past few weeks, Raoul Weil was on trial in Florida for conspiring with U.S. taxpayers to hide their assets from the IRS through secret accounts held at UBS AG. Weil was the...more

IRS and DOJ Crack Down on Cash Reporting Violations

Federal law requires that anyone engaged in a trade or business who receives more than $10,000 in U.S. currency is required to file a Form 8300 (available here) with the Internal Revenue Service. Failure to do so can subject...more

Wegelin & Co. Account Holder Sentenced to Prison Term

On October 30, 2014, a federal judge in Manhattan handed down a three-month prison sentence to an individual who maintained more than $1 million in a secret bank account at Wegelin & Co. in Switzerland. Viktor Kordash, of...more

U.S. Will Disclose Swiss Bank Information

The Department of Justice (DOJ) recently made demand of 106 Swiss banks for information and cooperation under the terms of proposed Non-prosecution agreements (NPA). Non-prosecution agreements were offered to Swiss banks in...more

Swiss Banks Pushing Back on Scope of Agreement with U.S. under Amnesty Program

As reported yesterday by David Voreacos, Giles Broom, and Jeffrey Vogeli, 73 of the over 100 Swiss banks that enrolled in the Justice Department’s amnesty program for Swiss banks have written an 11-page letter requesting...more

New Hampshire Man Pleads Guilty Regarding Accounts in Switzerland, Israel, and Jersey

On October 20, 2014, Menashe Cohen pleaded guilty in New Hampshire federal court to one count of filing a false income tax return for failing to report the existence of his Swiss and Israeli bank accounts on his 2009 tax...more

Former UBS Banker Trial Begins in Florida

Opening statements were heard on Tuesday and the first government witness testified yesterday in the trial of ex-UBS AG banking executive Raoul Weil. Prosecutors have sought to show him as the driving force behind the bank’s...more

Tax Lessons from Reality Stars on What Not to Do

Two reality stars recently made headlines for being prosecuted for tax crimes and fraud. In both cases, the reality stars surely knew that consequences were coming: one was the subject of an IRS criminal investigation, and...more

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