Category Archives: TAX CRIMES

MORE STORM CLOUDS FOR HIDDEN OFFSHORE ACCOUNTS

The holes in which to hide for offshore tax cheats are steadily being filled up.  Those who have not entered the IRS Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program, will find no comfort in some recent news, namely: Bank Frey, the “Truly Swiss, … Continue reading

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HEAT ON OFFSHORE TAX EVADERS TURNED UP: DOJ OFFERS SWISS GOVERNMENT SANCTIONED DEAL TO SMALLER SWISS BANKS

Recent developments have turned up the heat on offshore tax holders who have or have had unreported bank accounts in Switzerland: On August 29, 2013, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and Swiss Federal Department of Finance issued a joint … Continue reading

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E-FILING OF FBARS NOW MANDATORY

The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) has issued its Final Notice requiring the electronic filing of most Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) reports by July 1, 2012. The mandated reports filed by financial institutions include: Suspicious Activity Reports (SARs) filed by … Continue reading

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OVDP OR NOTHING AT ALL

The 1939 song, “All or Nothing at All,” (by Arthur Altman and Jack Lawrence) made popular by Frank Sinatra might be sung in a new version by IRS, “OVDP or Nothing at All.” The Bank Secrecy Act contains draconian penalties … Continue reading

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ARE OFFSHORE CHEATS GETTING OFF TOO EASY?

A recent Wall Street Journal Article, “Leniency for Offshore Cheats,” by Laura Saunders cited statistics that reveal a discrepancy between sentences handed down in offshore cases versus those dolled out in tax shelter criminal cases.  The article reports: The average … Continue reading

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THEY’LL SING NO MORE IN SINGAPORE

Tax cheats holding unreported offshore money in Singapore’s huge financial center will soon either sing no more or sing a sadder tune.  For as many Swiss banking clients were dumped by their bankers facing a new stricter global anti-tax evasion … Continue reading

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“LISTEN, DO YOU WANT TO KNOW A SECRET?”

The Beatles sang in the 1960s of sharing secrets and promising not to tell.  In an age of  prying governments with big eyes and long arms, malicious internet hackers, of snoopers panting to expose, and whistle-blowers coveting gain, what reality remains in these naïve expectations?  The … Continue reading

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IRS TO GET MORE EASY PICKINGS OF OFFSHORE FRUIT

Two high level IRS Criminal Investigation (CI) officials participated an American Bar Association, Tax Section, Webinar, “Criminal Tax Enforcement Hot Topics: The IRS Perspective,” (March 20, 2013).  Edward “Ted” Cronin is the Division Counsel/ Associates Chief Counsel (Criminal Tax) … Continue reading

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OFFSHORE VOLUNTARY DISCLOSURE UPDATE – JANUARY 2013

LEVEL OF PARTICIPATION IN PROGRAMS On June 26, 2012 the IRS had released IR-2012-64, which stated:  Shulman (IRS Commissioner Doug Shulman) said the IRS offshore voluntary disclosure programs have so far resulted in the collection of more than $5 billion … Continue reading

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FLANAGAN’S RESTAURANT OWNER WHO USED TWO SETS OF BOOKS TO UNDER-REPORT GROSS RECEIPTS WAS TRIPPED UP BY A FACT-SHEET USED TO BROKER SALE OF THE BUSINESS

 The dilemma faced by business owners who cheat on taxes: They don’t want to pay tax based on their true gross receipts but they want to be paid full price when they sell the business.  What to do? Flanagan’s Restaurants … Continue reading

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