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Archive by Month: December 2015

AAG Discusses DOJ’s Tax Focus

Offshore Account Update

Posted in on December 23, 2015

The Internal Revenue Service has the ability to move forward with civil and criminal actions against suspected tax evaders.  The Department of Justice also has a tax division, which works to prosecute individuals and businesses that are in violation of tax law.  Recently, the Acting Assistant Attorney General (AAG) of the Tax Division of the United States Department of Justice gave a keynote address at a continuing legal education conference held by the American Law Institute. At the keynote address, AAG Caroline Ciraolo outlined some of the Justice Department's priorities.

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Schaffhauser Kantonalbank (SHKB) Enters Into Agreement with the Department of Justice

Offshore Account Update

Posted in on December 11, 2015

U.S. authorities are trying to find offshore funds that taxes may not have been paid on.  There are many different initiatives underway aimed at identifying people who have accounts offshore but who have not declared those accounts or paid income taxes on money earned.  One of the initiatives, the Swiss Bank Program, encourages banks to come forward and turn their customers in, in exchange for the bank reducing its own penalties. Banks have increasingly been taking advantage of this option, at the expense of foreign accountholders. Now, another Swiss bank has provided information and agreed to cooperate with U.S. authorities on investigations into tax evasion.

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