Tax Evasion

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Government Investigations: Use of the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network and Virtual Currency

Since 2009, the US Department of Justice has implemented an aggressive anti-tax evasion strategy that has changed by targeting tax havens that host financial intermediaries (i.e., banks) to the financial intermediaries...more

IRS Agrees to Increased Enforcement of IRS's Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program

In a report issued to the Internal Revenue Service International Division and Criminal Division, the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) found that taxpayers trying to avoid criminal charges and...more

Is Mental Incapacity a Defense to Tax Penalties and FBAR Penalties?

The Tax Crimes Handbook of the Office of Chief Counsel, Criminal Tax Division of the Internal Revenue Service defines "Willfulness” as follows: "[a] Willfulness is defined as the "voluntary, intentional violation of a...more

What Attorneys Can Learn from History’s Largest Data Breach

On April 3, 2016, the public learned that millions of client documents from the Panamanian law firm and corporate services provider Mossack Fonseca & Co. (MF) had made their way to an international organization, the...more

The Panama Papers and Shell Games – Part II

Today I conclude my exploration of some of the issues raised by Ryan Hubbs, a senior manager of fraud investigation and dispute services at Ernst & Young LLP (EY), in the 2014 Fraud Magazine article, entitled “Shell Games”....more

The Panama Papers and Shell Games, Part I

One of the more prescient authors I know is Ryan C. Hubbs, a senior manager of fraud investigation and dispute services at Ernst & Young LLP (EY), who, in 2014, wrote an article for Fraud Magazine entitled “Shell Games”. In...more

Unintentional Felonies Every CEO Needs to Know About

Heads-up! That bottle of chardonnay you plan on sending to your top client could land you in hot water with the Federal Government. The CEO of any company—large or small—needs to be conscious of business decisions...more

Tackling Tax Evasion: New UK Strict Liability Corporate Criminal Offences

To engage businesses in the fight against tax evasion and dovetail with ongoing efforts to tackle corruption both nationally and internationally, the UK Government has committed to introduce a corporate offence of failing to...more

FinCEN Issues New Beneficial Ownership Regulations

Under the dark cover of the Panama Papers scandal, FinCEN moved quickly to issue its beneficial; ownership regulations. For all of the US regulatory and financial industry bluster, it is about time. The United States stands...more

Treasury Department Extends Filing Requirements to Foreign-Owned Domestic Disregarded Entities

On May 10, 2016, the Treasury Department issued proposed regulations (the Proposed Regulations) which enable the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to collect certain information about domestic disregarded entities with a single...more

UK Financial Regulatory Developments - May 2016 #13

Pensions guidance rules come into force - The second commencement order under the Bank of England and Financial Services Act 2016 brings into force from 13 May the provisions on pensions guidance, which extend the...more

UK Financial Regulatory Developments - May 2016 #12

FCA publishes draft margin exemption form - FCA has published a draft application form relating to the exemption from the requirement to exchange margin for intragroup transactions under the European Market...more

Panama Papers Fallout: A Push for Transparency and Regulatory Reform - Sanctions Also Levied Against Several Panama-Based...

In the wake of the "Panama Papers" – the unprecedented leak of 11.5 million files from a Panamanian law firm that revealed thousands of names and addresses linked to offshore companies – the White House has announced several...more

In Wake of the Panama Papers, Treasury Proposes New Reporting Requirements for Foreign-Owned Legal Entities

On May 10, 2016, the Treasury Department issued proposed regulations that, if approved, will require business entities formed in the United States that are owned by a single foreign person to obtain an employer identification...more

New FinCEN Rule Requires Heightened Identification Procedures and Anti-Money Laundering Diligence

A new Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) rule under the Bank Secrecy Act will require institutions to more specifically identify legal entity customers and increase anti-money laundering diligence. The rule will...more

In Wake of Panama Papers Scandal Obama Calls for Stricter Bank Regulations, Tax Rules

In a news conference May 6, President Obama addressed recently announced rules and proposed regulations intended to help the U.S. fight tax evasion and other crimes connected to anonymous offshore companies and accounts. The...more

FinCEN Issues Final Rules for Customer Due Diligence Requirements

On May 11, 2016, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (“FinCEN”) issued the final version of its long-awaited “Customer Due Diligence Rules” under the Bank Secrecy Act. The final rules impose a new requirement on...more

FinCEN Unveils “Fifth Pillar” of Anti-Money Laundering Compliance

The idea that a “fifth pillar” of Anti-Money Laundering (“AML”) compliance – customer due diligence requiring U.S. banks, broker-dealers, mutual funds, commodity futures merchants, and introducing brokers (“covered financial...more

Treasury Announces Key Regulations and Legislation to Counter Money Laundering and Corruption, Combat Tax Evasion

On May 5, 2016, the U.S. Department of the Treasury announced several actions to strengthen financial transparency. Treasury announced a Customer Due Diligence (CDD) Final Rule, proposed Beneficial Ownership legislation and...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

FHFA Increases 2016 Multifamily Lending Caps - On May 4, 2016, the Federal Housing Finance Agency announced that it increased its 2016 multifamily lending caps for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac from $31 billion to $35...more

Financial Services Weekly News - May 2016 #2

Regulatory Developments - Client Alert: CFPB Proposes Rules Prohibiting Class-Action Waivers in Arbitration Agreements - On May 5, the CFPB issued long-expected proposed rules that will drastically limit the use of...more

What Can You Learn in the First Inning?

You might figure that the year I decide to jump back on the Houston Astros bandwagon, they go back in the tank. Last year they were one game away from the American League (AL) Championship. This year they have the third worst...more

FinCEN Finalizes Beneficial Ownership Identification Rules

As part of the U.S. Treasury Department's ongoing efforts to prevent bad actors from using U.S. companies to conceal money laundering, tax evasion, and other illicit financial activities, the Financial Crimes Enforcement...more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 5.10.16

Big news out of the online lending space, as Lending Club’s chair and CEO—Renaud Laplanche—has resigned after an internal review “showed a violation of the company’s business practices” related to sales of $22 million in...more

Today’s Panama Papers Release May Require Immediate Action to Mitigate Risk of Criminal Prosecution

Action Item: Today at 2:00 p.m. (EDT), a massive database of information from the leaked “Panama Papers” files will be made public for the first time, identifying the real owners behind over 200,000 offshore companies set up...more

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