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McIntyre: Not What You Bargained For?

When are the parties to a civil tax dispute bound by agreed facts from a criminal proceeding? This was the question considered by the Tax Court of Canada on a Rule 58 motion made by the taxpayers in McIntrye et al v....more

International Tax Compliance Update: IRS to Issue ”John Doe” Summonses Seeking Information Regarding U.S. Taxpayers with...

On November 7, 2013, United States District Judge Kimba M. Wood of the Southern District of New York, granted authorization to the IRS to issue John Doe summonses to Bank of New York Mellon and Citibank requiring those banks...more

District Court Rules for Taxpayer in STARS Case Santander Holdings; Court of Federal Claims Rules for Government in STARS Case...

In this issue: - Swiss Bank Settlement Dilemma - District Court Upholds STARS Transaction Ruling Payment Is Included in Pre-Tax Profit - Court of Federal Claims Holds for Government in BB&T STARS...more

Tax Practictioners Report Increase in Summons Issuance; IRS Issues New Guidance on Informal Document Requests

Tax practitioners have reported an increase in the issuance of IRS summonses in recent months, despite statements from the IRS indicating that it prefers informal means of investigation. Because of the intrusive nature and...more

Congressional Investigations: Unique And Significant Risks

We have all watched the familiar scene on Capitol Hill – the latest public scandal like officials from the Internal Revenue Service are dragged up to Capitol Hill to appear before a Committee, raise their right hands, take...more

Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals Sustains Required Records Exception to the Fifth Amendment

On February 7, 2013, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit affirmed the decision of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia holding that the Required Records Exception overrides a...more

Ninth Circuit Interprets Fifth Amendment’s “Foregone Conclusion” Exception in IRS Summons Enforcement Case

On January 8, 2013, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit affirmed the decision of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California in the case of United States v. Sideman & Bancroft LLP. ...more

Search Warrants - Is it a rubber stamping process ?

A - and- Her Majesty's Revenue & Customs ("HMRC") : Challenge, the lawfulness of a search warrant issued by HMRC in the HIGH COURT OF JUSTICE - Some clarification on this point has been provided in a recent case in which...more

From the intrusive to the abusive – what happens when the CRA goes too far?

In order to administer and enforce the self-reporting system of tax assessment in Canada, the Income Tax Act (ITA) and Excise Tax Act (ETA) provide the CRA with the power to demand certain information from taxpayers....more

Parallel IRS Investigations Have Returned After a 35-Year Hiatus

Danger is lurking in the world of Internal Revenue Service audits, namely, parallel investigations. Parallel investigations by the IRS are simultaneous civil and criminal investigations of an individual or business entity,...more

Is the Tax Adviser Privilege a Trap for the Unwary?

As we approach April 15th many taxpayers will meet with professional tax advisers and some may be under the impression that communications between a taxpayer and a tax adviser are privileged. This assumption is wrong as...more

Professional Ethics In A Tax World – Self-Assessment, Self-Incrimination, The Charter, Crown Fairness And Other Matters

TABLE OF CONTENTS 1.0 INTRODUCTION .... 1 2.0 KEY PRINCIPLES .... 3 2.1 “Voluntary” Self-Assessment .... 3 2.2 The Nature of Tax Penalties .... 4 2.3 Right Against Self-Incrimination .... 5 2.4...more

HSBC India Accounts Sought By IRS: Time Running Out For IRS Voluntary Disclosure By HSBC India Customers

On April 7, 2011, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California issued an order authorizing the Internal Revenue Service ("IRS") to serve a "John Doe" summons requesting information from one of the world's...more

Mofo New York Tax Insights - March 2011 - Volume 2, Issue 3

In this issue: Taxpayer’s Testimony Fails to Establish Non-Residency; New Unit in A.G.’s Office to Pursue Tax Claims Under False Claims Act; ALJ Vacates Demand for Bill of Particulars; Non-Profit’s 99-Year Lease Insufficient...more

FBAR Penalty Relief

In U.S. v. Williams decided 9/01/2010, the U.S. District Court in the Eastern Dist of Virginia entered a decision in favor of the taxpayer rejecting the governments assertion of willfulness and finding in favor of the...more

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