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October 2014 Archives

Italian Designers Cleared of Tax Evasion Charges, Setback for Italian Prosecutors

Fashion designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana are breathing sighs of relief after being cleared by Italy's highest court of tax evasion charges Friday, bringing an end to one of the country's highest profile tax cases in recent years.

Deutsche Bank Joins U.S. DoJ's Self-Reporting Program

Deutsche Bank AG's Swiss unit has entered a U.S. Justice Department self-reporting program for banks that believe they may have aided Americans in the evasion of taxes.

Swiss Banks under Pressure to Release All American Accounts

The U.S. has seen uninterrupted success in its pursuit of undisclosed offshore accounts held by U.S. taxpayers. It began in 2008 with a key court victory against UBS, which then went on to pay the IRS $780 million. Swiss banking was turned upside down after UBS released thousands of Americans' account information to the IRS. Many other banks did the same, out of fear of prosecution. Recently, Credit Suisse plead guilty and paid a $2.6 billion fine.

IRS Brings Clarity to a Limited-Amnesty Program for Offshore Accounts

The Internal Revenue Service announced changes to one of its limited-amnesty programs for U.S. taxpayers with undeclared offshore accounts. The revisions are an attempt to "streamline procedure," which was announced in June and could offer relief to taxpayers who weren't intentionally hiding money abroad.

Companies Continue to Enjoy Inversion Benefits

While the federal government may be trying to prevent U.S. corporations from relocating overseas for tax purposes, it has failed to stop companies that have already completed such deals from doing their own follow-on acquisitions of U.S. companies.

Amazon Tax Affairs In Luxembourg Under Investigation by EU Authorities

Amazon.com Inc. has become the latest major U.S. company to wind up in a formal probe conducted by European Union regulators regarding the legality of Luxembourg tax arrangements.

U.K. Prime Minister Bets 2015 Election on Income Tax Cut Promises

U.K. citizens can expect income tax cuts should Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservative party win the general election in May. Mr. Cameron said his party will cut income taxes over the next five-year parliamentary term, as long as it can continue its austerity drive to reduce the deficit.

IRS Having Trouble Collecting From Expats

A report released by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration, a bureau charged with the oversight of the Internal Revenue Service, suggests the IRS needs to do more to collect delinquent taxes from international taxpayers. The TIGTA study focused on collections from individuals and small businesses based abroad.

EU to Publish Details of Apple, Fiat Tax Avoidance Investigations

European Union regulators are expected to make their case as early as Monday as to why tax deals granted to Apple Inc. and Fiat SpA violated EU law. The announcement marks the next formal step in the regulator's push against alleged tax avoidance by multinationals.

Foreign Company Faces First FATCA Indictment

U.S. federal authorities charged six Belize business executives with the creation of a scheme designed to aid Americans in the evasion of $500 million in taxes as well as dodging their reporting obligations under the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act. Undercover law enforcement agents investigated the conspiracy by posing as dishonest clients.

Appeals Court Judges Grill Prosecutors in Warner Tax Evasion Case

Federal prosecutors faced a three-judge panel in an effort to replace the probation sentence of Beanie Babies founder Ty Warner with prison time after the billionaire was found guilty for failing to report more than $24 million to the Internal Revenue Service.

IRS Targets Silicon Valley Cafeterias

Silicon Valley employees at technology companies like Google Inc., Facebook Inc. and Twitter Inc. have enjoyed free cafeterias as well as pizza joints and kitchens stocked with organic produce, on behalf of their employers. The benefit has become ingrained into much of the valley's culture and is believed to encourage collaboration and longer work hours.

G-20 Introduces First Guidelines to Overhaul International Taxes

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development has revamped efforts to overhaul the international tax system as it presented its first set of guidelines to finance ministers of the group of 20 largest economies. The guidelines are an attempt to make it more difficult for companies to shift profits to low tax countries.

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