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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

The use of offshore SPVs in Shariah compliant transactions post-FATCA

In recent years and in the wake of the global financial crisis, international financial centers (IFCs) such as the British Virgin Islands (BVI) and the Cayman Islands (Cayman) have faced unprecedented political and regulatory...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

Cayman law amended to facilitate the grant of interim relief in aid of foreign proceedings

In modern litigation there is often a strong possibility that obtaining interim relief from the court of the jurisdiction in which you are suing your opponent will not fully protect you against the dissipation by him 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

New York’s "Separate Entity Rule" Reaffirmed by the New York Court of Appeals

On October 23, 2014, in Motorola Credit Corp. v. Standard Chartered Bank. No. 162, the New York Court of Appeals reaffirmed the continued vitality of New York’s “separate entity rule.” Under that rule, a judgment creditor...more

Put Another Notch in the DOJ Gun

In the history of the old west when gun fighters survived a gun fight they might put a “notch” in their pistol as a badge of honor. Well the U.S. Department of Justice can put another notch in its weapon of choice, threat of...more

International Tax Compliance Update: Renouncing U.S. Citizenship to Avoid Taxes: Is It Worth It?

As we have reported previously in recent years the United States has intensified its efforts to force United States persons to disclose assets they hold and income they earn abroad. Two prominent examples of these efforts are...more

IRS Announces Changes to the Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program

As you may have read, the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) recently announced changes to its offshore voluntary disclosure programs and announced new options for taxpayers to come into compliance with their U.S. tax...more

False Foreign Gift Claims and Wire Fraud

A scheme that some dual national taxpayers have used involves claiming exemption from foreign jurisdiction taxation because they are U.S. taxpayers and then not reporting the offshore account or its income as required by U.S....more

FBAR Penalty to Face Excessive Fines Clause Test

Last week, a federal jury in Miami found that Carl Zwerner had willfully failed to disclose his foreign bank account to the Treasury Department for calendar years 2004, 2005 and 2006. Zwerner now potentially owes the United...more

The Confidential Relationships (Preservation) Law: Confidentiality Legislation in the Cayman Islands

In this guide Harneys considers the scope of the Cayman Islands’ Confidential Relationships (Preservation) Law and the sanctions that apply to contraventions of it. The Cayman Islands government considers the...more

Swiss Financial Institution Pays $4.4 Million and Turns Over 110 Americans

Bloomberg BNA reported on May 9, 2014, that Swisspartners Group resolved a U.S. criminal tax probe by forfeiting $3.5 million and paying $900,000 in restitution for helping U.S. clients evade taxes with secret accounts. ...more

Deadline: Foreign Bank Account Reports Due June 30, 2014

Any U.S. person who has a financial interest in or signature authority over one or more foreign financial accounts with an aggregate value over $10,000 (on any day of the year) must report the accounts to the Treasury...more

Fugitive Swiss Banker Returns to U.S. and Enters Guilty Plea

On April 30, 2014, Josef Dorig, 72, of Switzerland, pleaded guilty in federal district court in Alexandria, Virginia, to a single count of Klein conspiracy: conspiracy to defraud the U.S. by impairing and impeding the IRS....more

Offshore Accounts? IRS is Watching

If you have unreported income from offshore accounts, now may be the best time to come forward and report those earnings; otherwise, you may be susceptible to criminal prosecution. The IRS initially began this...more

FATCA – It’s Here, It’s Not Going To Be Delayed And Action May Be Needed By April 25, 2014. Is Your Fund Ready?

FATCA is the new form of 30% U.S. withholding tax that is applied to U.S. source income, such as interest and dividends paid by U.S. companies, starting as early as July 1, 2014 for payments made to non-U.S. entities that are...more

Senate Hearing Takes Aim on Offshore Tax Evasion

Today, February 26, 2014, the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations will hold a hearing on offshore tax evasion titled “Offshore Tax Evasion: The Effort to Collect Unpaid Taxes on Billions in Hidden Offshore...more

Increased supervision of BVI Real Estate Agents by the FIA

The BVI Financial Investigation Agency (FIA) is presently reviewing the compliance arrangements of real estate agents throughout the jurisdiction to ensure they meet the requirements of the British Virgin Islands’ (BVI)...more

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...more

Release of Names With Interests in Offshore Entities: Ramifications

A database containing the names of more than 37,000 people with offshore entities and trusts in 10 tax haven jurisdictions was recently released online, providing a powerful investigative tool for regulators, journalists and...more

Courts are Consistently Ruling that the Act of Production Privilege Will Not Defeat Grand Jury Subpoenas Calling for Foreign Bank...

On December 13, 2013, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit issued its decision in United States of America v. Under Seal. On December 19, 2013, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit issued its...more

FBAR Update

The Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts (FBAR) can no longer be filed on TDF 90-22.1, and must be e-filed on Form 114. This alert summarizes developments involving FBAR e-filing and signature authority. They are...more

FBAR E-Filing and Signature Authority: What You Need to Know

Much has been written about the IRS's dogged pursuit of taxpayers with unreported foreign accounts. These accounts are reported on the Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts (FBAR) when a taxpayer has a financial...more

Federal Court Rejects Efforts to Diminish Measures Aimed at Reducing Offshore Tax Avoidance

As of January 1, 2013, United States banks were required to report to the IRS interest earned by nonresident aliens who are residents of certain foreign countries. The reporting requirement previously existed for accounts...more

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