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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

OECD Countries Agree To Share Tax Information

On October 29, representatives from 51 countries, having met at the Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes, agreed to address tax havens in exchange for transparency in tax information....more

Orwell’s 1984 30 Year Later

Welcome to 1984 30 years later! One of the most famous quotes from George Orwell’s 1984 is “Big Brother is Watching You.”. This quote is more true now than at any time in past. At the just concluded Global Forum on Tax...more

Swiss Banks Pushing Back on Scope of Agreement with U.S. under Amnesty Program

As reported yesterday by David Voreacos, Giles Broom, and Jeffrey Vogeli, 73 of the over 100 Swiss banks that enrolled in the Justice Department’s amnesty program for Swiss banks have written an 11-page letter requesting...more

Upcoming Nationwide Transfer Pricing Investigation Against Outbound Service Fee And Royalty Payments

On 29 July 2014, the China State Administration of Taxation (SAT) released an internal notice to the China tax authorities at the provincial levels, in the name of "Notice on Antiavoidance Investigation against Large Amount...more

Beneficial Owner Disclosure and Its Potential Impact on Global Financial Businesses

As part of the continued international focus on combatting cross-border tax evasion and other financial crimes, during the June 2013 Lough Erne Summit presided over by the United Kingdom (G8 Summit), the G8 countries agreed...more

New Hampshire Man Pleads Guilty Regarding Accounts in Switzerland, Israel, and Jersey

On October 20, 2014, Menashe Cohen pleaded guilty in New Hampshire federal court to one count of filing a false income tax return for failing to report the existence of his Swiss and Israeli bank accounts on his 2009 tax...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

Forensic Accountant and Certified Fraud Examiner Pleads Guilty to Concealing UBS Account

On October 3, 2014, according to a U.S. Attorney’s Office press release and court records, Howard Bloomberg, a forensic accountant and certified fraud examiner, pleaded guilty to one count of failure to file an FBAR reporting...more

Treasury Notice on Inversions Leaves Basic Inversion Transactions Intact

In This Issue: - Deferred Earnings and Profits of CFCs - Code Section 956(e) - Code Section 7701(l) - Code Section 304(b)(5)(B) - Code Section 7874 - Request for Comments -...more

More Tax Lessons from Reality Stars on What Not to Do, Plus Lionel Messi

We discussed last week the surprise when a highly visible reality star is charged with or convicted of tax evasion or other financial crimes (see last week’s post here about The Situation and referencing Richard Hatch). This...more

U.S. Treasury Tries to Clamp Down on Tax Inversions

Lately, the media has focused on tax inversions, most recently when Burger King announced that it will purchase Tim Hortons, a Canadian company, but what are they?...more

United States and Brazil Sign FATCA Intergovernmental Agreement

The United States and Brazil have signed a “Model 1” intergovernmental agreement (“IGA”) with respect to the US Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (“FATCA”). The Brazilian IGA is intended to simplify FATCA information...more

OECD Publishes Initial Recommendations on BEPS

On September 16, the Organisation of Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) published a set of recommendations for a coordinated approach to fight tax avoidance by multinational enterprises under the Base Erosion and...more

“The Situtation” for Sorrentinos Getting Worse With Social Media

As many have heard recently, Michael Sorrentino (of MTV’s “Jersey Shore” fame) and his brother Marc were indicted for tax crimes in New Jersey and made their initial appearance in court last week. At this point, no one...more

Lessons from The Situation: Pay your Taxes and Do Not Alter your Accounting Records

Reality stars being charged with tax evasion is always surprising, because not only does the whole television audience see you making money, but the government does, too. The first notable instance was the first winner of the...more

Treasury and IRS Issue Inversion Notice

The Treasury Department and the IRS released Notice 2014-52 (the “Notice”) on September 22nd to limit expatriation transactions. The Notice states that Treasury will issue regulations intended to limit the tax benefits of...more

International Tax News - September 2014

BASE EROSION PROFIT SHIFTING PROJECT RECOMMENDATIONS TO COMBAT TAX AVOIDANCE BY MULTINATIONALS - At the request of the G20 Leaders, the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) has been considering...more

Base erosion profit shifting project recommendations to combat tax avoidance by multinationals

At the request of the G20 Leaders, the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) has been considering 15 key elements to be addressed by 2015 for a co-ordinated international approach to combat tax...more

Bandfield Confirms Aggressive FATCA Enforcement Tactics

On Sept. 9, 2014, in U.S v. Robert Bandfield et al., federal prosecutors in the Eastern District of New York announced the indictment of a U.S. citizen and others, including offshore corporate service providers (CSPs) and...more

IRS Updates to the Streamlined Compliance Procedures under the Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program: New Forms Standardize the...

On June 18, 2014, the IRS announced sweeping changes to the 2012 Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program (OVDP). Since that time, additional clarification on procedural requirements has been issued. Most recently, as of August...more

FATCA Violation Underlies Latest US Tax and Securities Fraud Charges

Indictment demonstrates the strength of US law enforcement efforts to combat offshore fraud and is the first to charge a FATCA violation. On September 9, 2014, in US v. Robert Bandfield, et al., federal prosecutors in...more

FATCA: Trapped by the Land of the Free?

The Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) has been billed as the U.S.’s bold effort to go after tax dodgers and cheats. The picture painted is that of greedy rich people secreting their fortunes in offshore accounts and...more

American Pleads Guilty to Hiding Money in Swiss Bank, Moving Money to Israeli Bank after UBS Scandal

On August 19, 2014, Bernard Kramer pleaded guilty in the Southern District of New York to conspiracy to defraud the United States and filing a false income tax return relating to his concealment of “at least $1.1 million” in...more

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