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Archive by Year:2015 - Page 4

New Report Sheds More Light on How Common Tax Evasion Is

Offshore Account Update

Posted in on May 8, 2015

Many investors are not 100 percent forthcoming with the Internal Revenue Service. However, the IRS is aiming to change this through a number of measures. While individuals are required to file annual reports on their offshore accounts using Form 8938, banks are also required to turn over investor information to comply with Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) regulations.

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UBS Faces a New Tax-Evasion Probe

Offshore Account Update, UBS / HSBC

Posted in on April 24, 2015

The crackdown on banks continues, as UBS AG once again faces legal questions from the IRS and the Justice Department.  Federal authorities are not only going after banks that helped clients hide cash in offshore accounts, but they are now looking at whether UBS AG facilitated the purchase of investments that are banned in the United States. The new DOJ and IRS probe is focused on whether UBS allowed the purchase of bearer securities as part of efforts to help clients evade US tax obligations.

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IRS Hikes Offshore Account Penalties

Offshore Account Update

Posted in on April 10, 2015

For U.S. citizens, any income earned worldwide must be reported. You must submit a Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts (FBAR) every single year, along with IRS Form 8938. If you have not done this, you may want to participate in the Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program (OVDP) to limit consequences for non-reporting.

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CEO Convicted of Hiding Money in Swiss Bank

Offshore Account Update

Posted in on March 27, 2015

The Department of Justice and the IRS are aggressively pursuing tax evaders and are approaching the crackdown on tax evasion from multiple angles. From targeting bankers to taking criminal action against individual investors, the U.S. government is determined to stop people from parking their money offshore to avoid paying taxes.

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Failure to File FBARs is a Crime

Offshore Account Update

Posted in on March 13, 2015

The chairman of Parsons & Whittemore, an international pulp mill company, recently pled guilty to a willful failure to declare offshore accounts to the IRS.  The CEO, George Landegger, will be sentenced in May of 2015 and could face up to five years of incarceration. As part of a guilty plea, he has also agreed to pay back taxes of $71,000, as well as a civil penalty of more than $4.2 million. 

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