Six U.S. States Involved in Norwegian Tax Evasion Case

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Six U.S. States Involved in Norwegian Tax Evasion Case

by Frank L. Brunetti on August 12, 2013

In another example of international cooperation to quell Norwegian tax evasion, a quiet investigation is expected to reveal the identities of Norwegian taxpayers with secret U.S. bank accounts and of residents of Norway who should be, but aren't, paying taxes there.

Federal courts in six U.S. states have granted the Internal Revenue Service permission to serve "John Doe" summonses on U.S. banks that are digging for information about unknown individuals who have used certain credit or debit cards in Norway. A "John Doe" summons is typically used when the IRS seeks information about possible tax fraud committed by individuals whose identities are not known.

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