Tax Evasion Offshore Banks

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Implications of the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act, FATCA

Protecting domestic revenue is just one of several reasons why G-20 nations are cracking down on tax havens. Other reasons include their desire to track the international flow of funds used for terrorist activity or money...more

More Swiss Banks Will Disclose/Cooperate with Offshore Tax Investigations

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) offer of non-prosecution agreements to certain Swiss banks expires December 31, 2013. Swiss banks who know or suspect that they have violated U.S. law, but who are not currently the...more

American Pleads Guilty to Hiding Money in Israeli Bank Accounts

Tax Analysts Tax Notes is reporting that David Raminfard of Los Angeles pleaded guilty on November 4, 2013, in federal court to one count of conspiracy to defraud the United States (Klein conspiracy). ...more

District Court Rules for Taxpayer in STARS Case Santander Holdings; Court of Federal Claims Rules for Government in STARS Case...

In this issue: - Swiss Bank Settlement Dilemma - District Court Upholds STARS Transaction Ruling Payment Is Included in Pre-Tax Profit - Court of Federal Claims Holds for Government in BB&T STARS...more

Arizona Businessmen Receive Lenient Sentences For Stashing Millions in Secret Swiss Accounts

Bloomberg BNA is reporting that two prominent Phoenix businessmen were each sentenced to 10 months in prison for their roles in a scheme to stash more than $8 million in secret offshore Swiss bank accounts and for not...more

Swiss Banks to Receive No Credit for Customers Who Entered OVDP without Banks' Encouragement

Tax Analysts Tax Notes reports that Kathryn Keneally, assistant attorney general for the Justice Department Tax Division, said that Swiss banks that enter the IRS’s newly-offered program will receive no credit for customers...more

UBS Client Sentenced to One Year in Prison

Bloomberg reports that a client of UBS AG was sentenced to a year and a day in prison for using a Swiss bank account to evade more than $1 million in taxes. ...more

Beanie Babies Creator to Plead Guilty to Hiding Income in Swiss Account

Tax Analysts reports that H. Ty Warner, owner of Beanie Babies production company TY Inc., was charged yesterday with federal tax evasion for allegedly failing to report on his 2002 Form 1040 more than $3.1 million in gross...more

Offshore Banks, Required Records and Secret Funds Transfers: a Receipe for Disaster

Recently, two Israeli banks are reported to have agreed to cooperate in criminal tax investigations being conducted by the Criminal Tax Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. The specific actions allegedly involve a...more

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