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October 2013 Archives

French Lawmakers Increase Efforts In Tax Evasion Battle

French lawmakers have stepped up their fight against tax evasion on Thursday by faulting several financial players, including banks that enable a flight of tax revenue estimated at $110 billion a year. Among the 34 proposals adopted in the Senate were sanctions against those who advertise services that protect money in offshore accounts.

Scanning errors and correspondence audits, part 1

In the hit TV series "Mad Men," set in the early 1960s, it is a very big deal when the advertising office -- in state-of-the-art New York City -- gets its first copy machine. The bulky machine operates as both a cultural curiosity and a not-so-subtle sign that things are changing.

Sophia Loren Wins Tax Evasion Case Thirty Years Later

Sophia Loren, Italy's iconic actress has been fighting charges levied against her for over 30 years. In 1974 Italian officials claimed the actress attempted to evade taxes. Ms. Loren voluntarily surrendered and went to jail in 1982 for 17 days of a 30 day sentence. Ms. Loren claimed that her deceased tax preparer had made a mistake.

Putin's Proposal to Restore Tax Fraud Investigative Authority to Power Ministries

Russia's Vladamir Putin has presented a bill that will restore the right of investigators to open tax fraud cases without a request from tax authorities. Skeptics fear that businesses will face renewed persecution. Should Putin's attempt be successful, the amendments to the criminal code would reverse a 2011 reform by then-President Dmitry Medvedev who hoped to prevent extortion and arbitrary arrests of businessmen by corrupt law enforcement officials.

Accountant and Former VP of Finance Convicted of Tax Evasion

A chartered accountant and former vice president of finance and administration for a London-area tool and mold company pleaded guilty to three counts of tax evasion in an Ontario Court of Justice in London and will face a fine to the tune of $80,000. Rob Roy McGregor of London, Ontario, failed to report a total of $475,251 in taxable income and, thus, was able to avoid paying $136,931 in federal income taxes.

Former State Rep. Pleads Guilty to Tax Evasion

Former State Rep. Girod Jackson, pleaded guilty to three counts of tax evasion and tax fraud before a federal judge Thursday. Jackson's firm came under scrutiny during a federal probe of the Jefferson Parish Housing Authority. Jackson resigned on August 22, after the charges were filed.

Swiss Bank Rahn & Bodmer Says is Under Investigation by U.S. Authorities

Following a deal between the United States and several Swiss banks to pay fines rather than face a criminal investigation, Zurich bank Rahn & Bodmer has disclosed that they are currently under investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice. Long known for being a tax haven for wealthy individuals, Swiss banks have been heavily targeted by American authorities over the past few years.

FATCA Tightening the Noose for Americans with Undisclosed Offshore Accounts

For many years, Americans were able to hold money in offshore accounts without worrying about being prosecuted by U.S. authorities. All of that has changed in the past few years. Since the United States began its intense crackdown on undisclosed offshore accounts in 2009, it has used its long-arm to force foreign banks intro compliance with U.S. tax regulations.

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