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 banks seeking non-prosecution agreements with respect to potential violations of US law in connection with undeclared US-related accounts. The DOJ recently announced that, before the window closed, it received letters of intent to participate from no fewer than 106 banks. By April 30, 2014 (unless a 60-day extension is granted), each participant bank will be required to provide the DOJ substantial amounts of information with respect to its cross-border business, US account holders and advisors affiliated with US-related accounts and to pay penalties tied to the balance of US-related accounts as we described in a previous Client Alert.

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Topics:  DOJ, FATCA, Foreign Banks, Non-Prosecution Agreements, Offshore Banks, OVDP, Reporting Requirements, Tax Amnesty, Tax Evasion

Published In: Criminal Law Updates, Finance & Banking Updates, International Trade Updates, Tax Updates

DISCLAIMER: Because of the generality of this update, the information provided herein may not be applicable in all situations and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice based on particular situations.

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