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Archive by Year:2009

Kovel Letters Not being Used or Misunderstood in Offshore Disclosures

Offshore Account Update

Posted in on December 29, 2009

Many accounting firms are not using or are improperly utilizing Kovel letters to protect their client’s interests in offshore voluntary disclosures.

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IRS Moves onto Civil Information Document Requests to obtain information concerning Undisclosed Offshore Accounts

Offshore Account Update

Posted in on December 22, 2009

Now that the settlement initiative has ended, what will the IRS do next to find individuals with offshore accounts?

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IRS Discloses What It Considers Tax Evasion By Persons With Offshore Accounts

Offshore Account Update, UBS / HSBC

Posted in on December 15, 2009

Thanks to UBS, we now have a blueprint of how the IRS and DOJ will shape their tax evasion investigations vis-a vis offshore accounts.

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Voluntary Disclosures Still Encouraged For U.S. Taxpayers With Offshore Accounts

Offshore Account Update, UBS / HSBC

Posted in on December 11, 2009

The IRS Offshore Account Voluntary Disclosure Program (the “Program”) is over.  But that does not mean U.S. taxpayers with undisclosed foreign bank accounts should stay in hiding.  In fact, the relative success of the Program makes it imperative for people with still undisclosed accounts to come forward and make a voluntary disclosure.

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Terms of UBS Agreement Offer Insight Into U.S. Tax Evasion Campaign

Offshore Account Update, UBS / HSBC

Posted in on December 9, 2009

Now we know how UBS will determine which U.S. clients to turn over to the IRS.

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