Voluntary Disclosure

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Massachusetts Department of Revenue Introduces Pilot Voluntary Disclosure Program

The Massachusetts Department of Revenue (the Department) released a draft administrative procedure introducing a pilot Voluntary Disclosure Program (the Program) for the settlement of uncertain tax issues for business...more

Latin America Alert: Brazil's Repatriation Law Introduces Tax and Currency Exchange Voluntary Disclosure and Amnesty Program – Top...

Brazil has passed Law No. 13,254, the Repatriation Law, introducing a tax and currency exchange voluntary disclosure and amnesty program (locally known by the acronym RERCT) to stimulate the voluntary disclosure of assets,...more

EPA Launches eDislcosure for Self-Reporting Violations

As expected and last reported in our June 2015 blog, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on December 9, 2015, launched eDisclosure — EPA’s updated, electronic voluntary audit and disclosure reporting system. Under...more

Game Changer: Losing U.S. Passport for Unpaid Taxes

If you read one thing... - Enacted on December 4, 2015, as part of the FAST Act, a new law provides for the revocation or denial of U.S. passports to individuals with unpaid U.S. federal taxes of more than $50,000,...more

What's Next in Foreign Account Enforcement?

The Department of Justice and the IRS are now mining the wealth of data obtained through settlements (Non-Prosecution Agreements) with almost 100 Swiss banks. The search through the data is methodical....more

Voluntary Disclosure Opportunity for Businesses and Individuals Who Access Cloud Computing Services in Chicago or Sell Them to...

Earlier this year, the City of Chicago’s Department of Finance issued “Personal Property Lease Transaction Tax Ruling #12 (clarifying Exemption 11),” originally effective as of July 1, 2015, clarifying the City’s position on...more

State and Local Tax Alert - Deadline to File for Chicago Lease Tax Relief is 1/1/16: Remotely Accessed Software Providers Take...

After a slew of negative publicity and business community backlash in the wake of the June 2015 issuance of Lease Tax Ruling #12, the Chicago Department of Finance has offered relief for prior non-payment of the Chicago Lease...more

Enforcement Update – DOJ Raises Focus on Prosecuting Individuals

There has been a change in the US Department of Justice regarding corporate disclosures. The recently updated United States Attorney’s Manual has revised its provisions called the “Principles of Federal Prosecution of...more

Jerry Lucente Speaks

Jerry Lucente is a Small Business/Self Employed Territory Manager with the North Atlantic Region of IRS, which includes the six New England states, New York and New Jersey. He is responsible for four groups at IRS that...more

Overview and Guidance on Final Joint Standards on Diversity and Inclusion

On June 9, 2015, several federal agencies jointly issued a policy statement on standards that companies could use to assess their diversity policies and practices, particularly for entities regulated by more than one agency....more

State Voluntary Disclosure Programs: An Overview

What is Voluntary Disclosure? Most state departments of revenue allow certain categories of noncompliant taxpayers to come forward voluntarily and pay taxes accrued during a limited lookback period. Taxpayers accepted...more

SEC Policy Change: Voluntary Disclosure Now Required for DPA/NPA Resolutions in FCPA Cases

New SEC policy requires companies to self-report FCPA violations in order to be eligible for deferred prosecution agreements and non-prosecution agreements....more

Report Shows Upward Trend in Enhanced Audit Committee Disclosures Among S&P 1500

The Center for Audit Quality and Audit Analytics recently released their 2015 Audit Committee Transparency Barometer. The report is based on a review of proxy statements filed through the end of June 2015 by companies in the...more

Justice Department Updates United States Attorneys' Manual to Emphasize Priority on Prosecuting Individuals in Corporate Criminal...

On November 16, 2015, the U.S. Department of Justice revised the United States Attorneys’ Manual (USAM) to align the principles by which federal government prosecutors investigate and prosecute criminal cases involving...more

FCPA Enforcement — Corporate Crime and Punishment

The Justice Department’s reexamination of corporate incentives to disclose violations appears to be in reaction to the steady escalation of cooperation requirements. In response to these extra burdens, DOJ could be concerned...more

New Hampshire Lowers Tax Rates, Creates Amnesty and Voluntary Disclosure Programs

After lengthy negotiations between legislators and Governor Maggie Hassan, New Hampshire enacted significant tax changes, including a cut to business tax rates, an increase in the research and development tax credit, and the...more

Know Your Nexus: Don’t Get Blindsided by State Tax Rules

If you do business with out-of-state customers, does your business have nexus with the states where those customers are located? If your answer is, “I don’t know what ‘nexus’ means,” you could be in for an unpleasant...more

New California Law Expands Privacy Rights Applicable To Electronic Data

On October 8, 2015, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law the California Electronic Communications Privacy Act (“CalECPA” or the “Act”), sponsored by Senator Mark Leno (D-San Francisco). The Act requires law...more

New OFAC Exposure? What Can Be Learned From Bank's Recent $1.7M OFAC Settlement for Investment-Related Transactions

Why it matters - Swiss-based UBS AG's agreement to pay more than $1.7 million to the U.S. Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) underscores the scope of OFAC sanctions and the complications...more

US Department Of Justice Targets Corporate Individuals

DOJ announces tough new approach to the investigation and prosecution of corporate officers and employees. On September 9, in a major change to its approach to the investigation of alleged corporate crime, the US...more

How Canada’s leading the way to compliance with anti-corruption sticks and carrots

“Your criminal actions raise serious questions as to whether you have the requisite personal integrity and business ethics to be a responsible Government contractor.” That’s me. I was debarred from being a U.S....more

FCC Sheds New Light on TCPA’s Exemption for Healthcare-Related Calls

As we have previously reported, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) issued a Declaratory Ruling and Order (“Order”) on July 10, 2015, clarifying several sections of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”) and...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

Will NYSDEC's Audit Agreement for Retail Pharmacies Provide a Path to Increased Compliance?

Federal and state hazardous waste handling and disposal requirements, which were established to address issues related to industrial waste generators and disposal facilities, are often a complicated and awkward fit for retail...more

Delaware Legislation Reduces Unclaimed Property Audit Frustrations but Reanimates Interest Assessment

On July 22, 2015, the governor signed Senate Bill 141, which makes significant revisions to the Delaware Abandoned and Unclaimed Property statute. Senate Bill 141 is the legislature’s third set of revisions to the Delaware...more

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