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Top Bank Officials Face Charges for Tax Evasion


Posted in on November 25, 2014

In Switzerland, centuries old traditions make it a criminal act for bankers to disclose the names of clients. Switzerland does not consider tax evasion to be a crime, although tax fraud and money-laundering schemes are against the law.  Because of the banking laws in Switzerland, Swiss banks have long been a haven for people in the United States who want to keep their money offshore and obtain a measure of privacy from the United States government. 

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Tax Evasion Crackdown Affecting Ex-Pats


Posted in on October 30, 2014

Americans living abroad are experiencing significant financial consequences as a result of recent crackdowns on tax evasion. Many of the expatriates who live outside of the United States indicate that their financial accounts are being closed; they are being denied partnerships and promotions in business; and their relationships with non-American spouses are being strained.

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OVDP: Willful vs. Nonwillful Violators

Hot Topics, News, Offshore Account Update

Posted in on September 25, 2014

If you have any offshore financial accounts, you are required to file a Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts (FBAR) to alert the Internal Revenue Service to your foreign investments. A failure to file FBARs can led to financial penalties, which in some cases have exceeded the value of the money kept in the foreign account. 

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Prison Time Could Result from Undisclosed Offshore Accounts

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Posted in on September 16, 2014

The Internal Revenue Service and the Justice Department have been making a major effort to crack down on offshore accounts that U.S. citizens do not declare. In addition to allowing tax payers to face reduced penalties if they voluntarily report these accounts through an Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program (OVDP), the authorities have been making deals with Swiss banks to turn over information on accounts in exchange for lesser penalties or avoiding prosecution.  

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Tradition of Secrecy in Swiss Banks Threatened by Disclosure Requirements

News, Offshore Account Update

Posted in on August 26, 2014

Strict privacy laws have made banking an essential pillar of the Swiss economy. However, new treaties designed to prevent tax cheating through the use of offshore accounts are threatening the tradition of secrecy in Swiss banks. This has created upheaval within the industry. It is also raising concerns among U.S. taxpayers that money kept in offshore Swiss accounts may not be as safe, or as secret, as it used to be.  


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