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The Construction Industry Scheme: Change in the air?

What does real estate investment have to do with the problem of tax evasion made possible by cash-in-hand payments in the building industry? Very little, one might suspect, but that has not prevented real estate investors...more

Mossack Fonseca Founders Arrested and Detained on Money Laundering Charges

The founders of Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca were arrested on Saturday, following their indictment on money-laundering charges allegedly tied to the ever-widening Petrobas corruption scandal in Brazil. Kenia...more

2016 Year End Review: Virtual Currency: DOJ and IRS Broadly Seek Virtual Currency Account User Information

Under Internal Revenue Code section 7609(f), the IRS may issue a “John Doe” administrative summons to discover the identities of unknown taxpayers. A “John Doe” summons can be a powerful enforcement tool because it allows the...more

2016 Year in Review: Money Laundering (Part One)

2016 was a busy year for developments in Anti-Money Laundering (AML), the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA), the criminal money laundering statutes, forfeiture, and related issues. In part one of our year-in-review, we discuss six key...more

Indirect sale of real estate in the Russian Federation in the context of the beneficial ownership rules

On 17 January 2017 the Commercial Court of Vladimir Oblast delivered a judgement in case No. ?11-6602/2016 (the “Decision”) under the claim of Vladimir Energy RetailCompany1 Public Joint-Stock Company (the “Company”)....more

All change for UK money laundering regulation? - Impact for the private equity industry

A number of very significant changes are being made to the UK anti-money laundering regime. Of particular interest to the private equity industry will be the proposed new criminal offence of failure to prevent the...more

Bitcoin and the IRS - The Battle Continues

Dispute is heating up over IRS’s attempts to get personal information about users of Bitcoin and other virtual currencies. Last November, the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) filed a petition in the United States...more

Modi's Demonetization Policy: Is the Cure Worse than the Disease? U.S.-India Newsletter Volume 2017, Issue 1

In the short term, demonetization has completely dampened the Indian economy. On November 8, 2016, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi declared that the two highest denomination currency notes, INR 500 notes (USD 7.3)...more

Owner of Professional Employer Organization Pleads Guilty to Employment Tax Charge

On Jan. 6, 2017, Janis Edwards, the owner of a professional employer organization, pleaded guilty to tax evasion arising from failing to pay over to the IRS between $3.5 million and $25 million in withholdings that her...more

New Tax Information Exchange Agreement Between the United States and Argentina

The governments of Argentina and the United States signed on December 23rd, 2016, a new tax information exchange agreement (“TIEA”). Jack Lew, U.S. Treasury Secretary, stated that the TIEA will allow for important...more

The High Cost of Being Noncompliant with the Internal Revenue Code

The IRS currently offers the following five programs for noncompliant taxpayers: (i) the Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program (OVDP), (ii) Streamlined Domestic Offshore Procedures, (iii) Streamlined Foreign Offshore...more

"'Failure to Prevent': The Implications for Global Financial Institutions"

The U.K. government is set to introduce a new corporate criminal offence, based on the strict liability of the entity in question. It almost certainly will come into force in 2017, once the Criminal Finances Bill (Bill) is...more

"The New UK Corporate Offence of 'Failure to Prevent the Facilitation of Tax Evasion': Implications for Fund Managers and...

The U.K. government expands its crackdown on tax evaders and the persons who assist them, by targeting businesses who fail to prevent tax evasion....more

OCAC Publishes Report on Voluntary Disclosure Program

The Offshore Compliance Advisory Committee (OCAC) has published its report on the CRA’s Voluntary Disclosure Program, the first of several anticipated OCAC reports in furtherance of the OCAC’s mandate to provide advice to the...more

Expansion of US disclosure requirements will impact foreign investors – the future of money laundering and tax enforcement

The United States is turning its attention to activities by foreign investors who use US trusts, limited liability entities, and other investment structures to conceal the ownership of criminal proceeds or foreign tax...more

IRS on the Hunt for Bitcoin Users

Bitcoin is the most popular of the virtual currencies. In Notice 2014-21, the IRS advised that such currencies are not money, but property, for tax purposes. Two implications of this are that persons who use Bitcoins to...more

Corporate criminal liability risk increases for financial services

A proposed new UK law contains the largest expansion of UK corporate criminal liability since the Bribery Act 2010 and one of the most significant overhauls of money laundering and proceeds of crime legislation in the last...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

The IRS isn’t waiting around for virtual currency to gain wider acceptance. No, it’s more than happy to go after Bitcoin users who have sought to use the virtual currency as a means of evading taxes....more

Follow the money - the Criminal Finances Bill

The Criminal Finances Bill sets out measures to combat money laundering and tax evasion that will also affect corporate compliance requirements, particularly in the finance and professional services sectors....more

Criminal Finances Bill Proposes Some Intrusive & Impractical POCA Measures

On 25 October 2016, the Criminal Finances Bill 2016–2017 (the “Bill”) had its second reading in the House of Commons and passed without objection. In addition to containing the proposed new offence of failing to prevent tax...more

The Saga Ends With Ex-Tax Court Judge Pleading Guilty to Cheating on Her Taxes

As previously reported, former U.S. Tax Court judge Diane L. Kroupa and her now estranged husband, Robert E. Fackler, were indicted on charges of conspiracy to defraud the United States, tax evasion, making and subscribing a...more

Tax Evasion - Nowhere Left to Hide

Global tax evasion remains a major problem for governments around the world. At a time when virtually all of the governments from the world’s major economies seek additional revenue, the attractiveness to taxpayers of...more

Further expansion of corporate criminal liability

With the publication of the draft Criminal Finances Bill 2016-2017 on 13 October 2016, businesses have been put on notice of what stands to be the largest expansion of UK corporate criminal liability since the Bribery Act...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

Federal regulators unveiled a proposal yesterday that would push the country’s biggest banks and other “critical financial companies” to shore up cybersecurity protocols, to prevent hacks, and to have a recovery plan at the...more

Failure to Maintain Business Records Can Lead to Prosecution

A recent appellate court case out of New York (U.S. vs. Marinello) affirmed the conviction for tax evasion of a taxpayer for failing to maintain business records and timely file income tax returns. The facts of the case are...more

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