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IRS Announces Major Changes to OVDP

On June 18, 2014, the IRS announced major changes to the OVDP, including a major expansion of the so-called Streamlined Program and an increased penalties for taxpayers who held accounts at banks that are under criminal investigation.  Taxpayers who are willing to certify that their past non-compliance was not willful can avoid the offshore penalty … Continue Reading

Israel Inks Model 1 FATCA IGA

Bloomberg BNA is reporting that Israel has signed a FATCA IGA.  The agreement is a Model 1 agreement, meaning that Israeli financial institutions will will report information about U.S. customers’ accounts to the Israeli  tax authorities, who will then send that information to the IRS. The news comes only a day after the indictment of … Continue Reading

Ex-Israeli Banker Indicted for Assisting Americans in Tax Fraud

On April 30, 2014, a federal grand jury in Los Angeles, California, indicted Shokrollah Baravarian for Klein conspiracy: conspiracy to defraud the United States by impairing and impeding the IRS. According to the indictment, Baravarian, a former senior vice president at the Los Angeles branch of a bank headquartered in Tel Aviv, Israel, widely believed … Continue Reading

Fugitive Swiss Banker Returns to U.S. and Enters Guilty Plea

On April 30, 2014, Josef Dorig, 72, of Switzerland, pleaded guilty in federal district court in Alexandria, Virginia, to a single count of Klein conspiracy: conspiracy to defraud the U.S. by impairing and impeding the IRS.  According to the agreed statement of facts that accompanied the plea agreement, Dorig owned a trust company and helped … Continue Reading

India Agrees “In Substance” to Model 1 FATCA IGA

The U.S. Treasury announced that on April 11, 2014, India agreed “in substance” to sign a Model 1 FATCA IGA with the US. The IGA would therefore require Indian financial institutions to report information on U.S. account holders to India’s Central Board of Direct Taxes, which would then share the information with the IRS.  There is … Continue Reading

IRS Report Announces Major Increase in Criminal Investigations for 2013

On February 24, 2014, IRS Criminal Investigation (“CI”) announced the release of its 2013 annual report, which reflected a significant increase in criminal investigations and prosecution recommendations in the past year.  According to the report, there was an increase of 12.5 percent in completed investigations and an increase of nearly 18 percent in prosecution recommendations … Continue Reading

Swiss Investment Adviser to Plead Guilty to Helping Americans Evade Taxes

Multiple outlets are reporting that on February 26, 2014, Martin Lack, a Swiss investment adviser and former UBS banker, will plead guilty in the Southern District of Florida to one count of conspiracy to defraud the United States by helping his U.S. customers evade their income taxes.  This comes on the heels of the February … Continue Reading

U.S. Signs Four More FATCA IGA’s

On February 5, 2014, the Treasury Department announced that it had recently concluded FATCA IGA’s with Canada, Hungary, Italy, and Mauritius.  All four agreements were reciprocal Model 1 agreements.  In other words, FFI’s in those countries will report information on U.S. account holders to their own governments for transfer to the IRS.  The IRS will … Continue Reading

Beanie Babies Creator Seeks Probation for $107 Million UBS Account

The Chicago Tribune reports that Beanie Babies creator Ty Warner, who pleaded guilty last year to one of the largest tax frauds in Chicago-area history, has asked the federal court to sentence him to probation. His sentencing is scheduled for January 14, 2014.  In 1996, Warner opened a Swiss bank account at UBS, which held … Continue Reading

Cayman Islands and U.S. Sign FATCA IGA

On November 29, 2013, the Cayman Islands and the U.S. Signed a FATCA IGA.  The Cayman Islands IGA is a Model 1B agreement, meaning that FFIs in the Cayman Islands will be required to report tax information about U.S. account holders directly to the Cayman Islands Tax Information Authority.  The Cayman Islands Tax Information Authority … Continue Reading

Voluntary Disclosures Lead to John Doe Summonses for Information about U.S. Accounts at Zurcher Kantonalbank and Bank of Butterfield

In a sign that the U.S. government continues to aggressively seek information on U.S. taxpayers with non-U.S. bank accounts, the government announced on November 12, 2013, that it had obtained a court order authorizing the government to issue so-called “John Doe summonses” for information on U.S. account holders at Zurcher Kantonalbank in Switzerland and Bank … Continue Reading

IRS Official Announces Crackdown on U.S. Taxpayers with Unreported Indian Accounts

Tax Analysts Tax Notes reports that the IRS Small Business/Self-Employed Division’s special enforcement program (SEP) will soon begin examining U.S. taxpayers suspected of holding undeclared accounts in Indian banks.  An IRS official announced on November 9, 2013, that the SEP team is preparing for the next phase of the IRS’s offshore compliance crackdown.  After receiving … Continue Reading
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