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Alaskan Plastic Surgeon Convicted of Offshore Tax Evasion

The Department of Justice announced the conviction of an Alaskan doctor who used secret accounts in Costa Rica to hide assets from his wife, as well as to evade U.S. taxes. At his sentencing next March, he faces a maximum of 20 years imprisonment. He could also be forced to forfeit $4.6 million in seized funds.

IRS "50% Penalty" List Increased to 56 Foreign Banks

The IRS has added four more foreign financial institutions to its list of "Foreign Financial Institutions or Facilitators." Those who had accounts at one or more of these institutions are required to pay an increased penalty of 50% if they wish to participate in the Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program (OVDP). The list is expected to continue to grow as the U.S. government continues its ongoing investigations of offshore tax evasion.

Financial crime investigations, part 2: Money laundering and the BSA

In the first part of this post, we noted that the Criminal Investigation (CI) division of the IRS is involved in the investigation of several financial crimes that do not directly involve tax law. These crimes include fraud, money laundering and violations of the Bank Secrecy Act.In our September 15 post, we gave an example of how allegations of money laundering and tax evasion can become bargaining tools for prosecutors when included in an already-long list of charges.

Rand Paul and Expats Suffer Setback in Suit to Overturn FATCA

Senator Rand Paul and a group of American expatriates suffered a huge setback in their attempt to overturn the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA), as the judge denied their motion for preliminary injunction, saying that they lack standing for the suit and are unlikely to succeed on the merits.

Belize Next on IRS Radar

The IRS has served John Doe summonses to a number of banks in Belize, seeking information about American account holders, as the U.S. federal government continues its onslaught against offshore tax evasion. Long known as a tax haven, Belize has been a popular destination for wealthy individuals seeking to avoid taxes by holding assets offshore.

IRS Expands List of Foreign Facilitators

Over the summer, the IRS continued its fight against offshore tax evasion by reaching nonprosecution agreements with dozens of Swiss banks, bringing the total list of "facilitators" to nearly fifty. This list should continue to grow over the next few months. As part of the new reforms made to the ongoing Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program (OVDP), individuals with one or more accounts at a bank included on this list must pay an increased offshore penalty of 50%, rather than the usual 27.5% that has been required since 2012.

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