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Offshore Accounts Still Focus of IRS Enforcement

The following Notice from the IRS reiterates the enforcement focus on offshore accounts. Anyone with an unreported offshore account needs to consult counsel and discuss, their compliance options under the "attorney-client...more

Internal Revenue Service Issues Stern Warning To Non-Compliant Taxpayers With Offshore Holdings

Just one day after the October 15 deadline for filing personal income tax returns on extension, the Internal Revenue Service issued a strongly-worded warning to non-compliant taxpayers: take action now to fix your problem, or...more

Internal Revenue Service Begins Reciprocal Automatic Exchange of Tax Information Under FATCA IGAs

On October 2, 2015, the Internal Revenue Service announced that it had achieved a key milestone in implementation of the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA), a critical anti-tax evasion law passed by Congress in 2010...more

Bad Bad, Bad Penalty, Bad OVDP Policy

There are now 50 foreign financial institutions on the IRS list of "bad banks" The list is published at the following link...more

Focus on Tax Controversy and Litigation - United States Tax Court Invalidated Treasury Regulation § 1.482-7(d)(2)

In addition to the discussion of the Tax Court’s decision in Altera, this month’s issue features articles regarding Notice 2015-47 “Basket Options” and Notice 2015-48 “Basket Contracts”, the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals...more

Check Cashing, Tax Evasion, Structuring and Asset Forfeiture; The Making of a Bad Day

The following fact pattern should is representative of a tax evasion and structuring case. A taxpayer receives checks in the ordinary course of business from customers. Some of those checks are deposited into the business...more

INTERPOL and the tax man

A reader recently sent in the following questions: Can you tell me would the IRS issue a diffusion notice in a civil tax audit involving offshore banking? Would Interpol even accept a diffusion notice on a non criminal...more

Whose Intent to Evade Tax Is It?

On July 29, 2015, the Federal Circuit, rejecting the Tax Court’s decision in Allen v. Commissioner, 128 T.C. 37 (2007), held in BASR Partnership v. United States, No. 2014-5037, that section 6501(c)’s suspension of the...more

Does the Government Have Carte Blanche to Retain Seized Data Indefinitely? In Amicus Brief to the Second Circuit, Policy Groups...

On July 29, 2015, BakerHostetler filed an amicus brief with the Second Circuit on behalf of the Center for Democracy and Technology, joined by five prominent nonprofit public interest groups, for the en banc rehearing of...more

Justice Department Announces That Three More Swiss Banks Reach Agreements Over Tax Evasion Claims

On July 30, 2015, the Justice Department’s Tax Division announced that three more Swiss banks — PKB Privatbank AG, Falcon Private Bank AG and Credito Privato Commerciale in liquidazione SA (CPC) – have cut deals with the U.S....more

Two More Banks Reach Resolutions Under Justice Department’s Swiss Bank Program

On June 3, 2015, the Justice Department announced that two more Swiss banks, Rothschild Bank AG and Banca Credinvest SA, reached resolutions under the DOJ Swiss Bank Program. Yesterday’s announcement brings the total Swiss...more

Global Tax Enforcement in 2015: What You Need to Know

Tax fraud occurs on a considerable scale that can exceed law enforcement’s ability to detect and punish the conduct. This is true at both the federal and state levels. As of 2015, the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) and the...more

Don’t Shoot the Messenger: The Expanding Scope of the John Doe Summons

The John Doe summons is an information-gathering tool that has been available to the IRS for many years, traditionally used to seek information about unknown persons suspected of tax evasion from banks, investment advisors or...more

Tax Cheats Can Go Wild In Dallas Texas

The Washington Post published an article on April 8, 2015 titled “In Dallas, the IRS says it can’t chase tax cheats who owe less than $1 million.” Here is a section of the article...more

Foreign Banks and Bankers Face New Risks From Swiss Bank Amnesty

The first non-prosecution agreement signals expanded US tax enforcement opportunities at home and abroad. The US Department of Justice (DOJ) has announced the first non-prosecution agreement (NPA) with BSI, SA, (BSI)...more

New York Restaurateur Pleads Guilty to Hiding Money in Swiss Accounts

On February 19, 2015, Georges Briguet, the owner of New York restaurant Le Perigord, pleaded guilty to one count of corruptly endeavoring to obstruct the IRS by concealing the existence of his Swiss bank accounts. According...more

IRS Focus: Offshore Tax Evasion Tops Dirty Dozen List

The IRS issued two New Releases this week that restate its focus on offshore tax evasion. The first was January 29, 2015 which followed the First International Criminal Tax Symposium....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

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

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

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

Forget About Hiding Money Offshore!

On July 21, 2014 the OECD released the full version of a new global standard for the exchange of financial information in tax matters “OECD\Standard for Automatic Exchange of Financial Account Information in Tax Matters”...more

Can an OVDP Participant Set Aside a Closing Agreement on the Theory of Duress?

It has been just over five years since the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) offered the first of three offshore voluntary disclosure programs for individuals with undisclosed foreign financial accounts. Since the announcement...more

Offshore Tax Enforcement Update: IRS Unveils Major Changes to Voluntary Disclosure Program

Since the 1970s, U.S. taxpayers with foreign banks accounts have been required to annually report their foreign bank account information to the Department of Treasury on a Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts...more

IRS Broadens Offshore Amnesty Program

Over the last several years, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has focused its efforts on enforcement of U.S. laws with respect to offshore assets held by U.S. citizens and residents, including their tax payment and...more

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