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IRS Wins Summons Challenge From Virtual Currency Exchanger Coinbase Inc.

Ron Marini

A California federal court Thursday authorized a John Doe summons by the IRS to obtain information from virtual currency exchanger Coinbase Inc. so it can investigate whether the company’s customers avoided paying taxes on transactions made through the company.

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Tax Authorities To Have Access to Beneficial Ownership Information By 2018!

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The EU Council recently agreed on a proposal granting access for tax authorities to information held by authorities responsible for the prevention of money laundering. The directive will require EU member states to enable access to information on the beneficial ownership of companies. The effective date will apply from January 1, 2018.

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Interlinked System Of Beneficial Ownership Registers Coming Soon – Fighting Against Tax Crimes

William Byrnes

The European Commission expects to have in place by next year an interconnected, pan-European system of beneficial ownership registers, as part of the fight against money laundering and tax evasion, the European Commissioner, Věra Jourová, tells MEPs of the Inquiry committee into the Panama Papers scandal.

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False Form 8854 Used As Part Of “Willful” FBAR Prosecution

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The primary story is of a U.S. professor who pleaded guilty to an FBAR violation and was subjected to a 100 million FBAR penalty. Notably the “tax loss” was 10 million dollars and the FBAR penalty was 100 million dollars. It appears that Mr. FBAR is becoming an important tool in the arsenal used by the United States Treasury.

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Swiss Bank Rats Out NYU Business Professor – Results in Fine of $100M & Up To 5 Yrs in Prison

John Dundon

We previously posted October 15, 2016—144 Offshore Banks & Now Financial Advisors Are Turning Over Your Names To The IRS – What Are Your Waiting For?—where we discuss that there are 144 offshore banks and financial advisors that are turning your names over to the IRS as part of their deferred prosecution agreements. Below is the story about one US citizen who had accounts with one of these banks and how he is now being criminally prosecuted for not addressing his previously undeclared foreign income.

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Efforts To Combat Terrorist Financing

William Byrnes

In July 2016, the FATF (Financial Action Task Force) reported to G20 on its ongoing work to tackle terrorist financing, including the effective implementation of measures to criminalise terrorist financing and freeze terrorists’ assets since the February 2016 meeting. The G20 welcomed this progress and called for swift and effective implementation of FATF standards worldwide as a priority.

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144 Offshore Banks & Now Financial Advisors Are Turning Over Your Names To The IRS – What Are Your Waiting For?

Ron Marini

On May 26, 2016 we posted 97 Offshore Banks Are Turning Over Your Names To The IRS – What Are Your Waiting For? and since then, the Government has added 47 more banks and financial advisors to this list bringing the number to 144 offshore banks and foreign financial advisors. The IRS keeps updating its list of foreign banks which are turning over the names of their U.S. Account Holders, who are now subject to a 50% (rather than 27.5%) penalty in the IRS’s Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program (OVDP). This penalty is based on the highest account balance measured over up to eight years.

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New York City Resident Pleads Guilty to Using Sham Foreign Entity to Evade Taxes

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A New York City man pleaded guilty today to a criminal information charging him with tax evasion for tax years 2003 through 2005 and 2007 through 2010, announced Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Caroline D. Ciraolo, head of the Justice Department’s Tax Division, and U.S. Attorney Robert L. Capers of the Eastern District of New York.

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Europe Begins Inquiry Into ‘Panama Papers’ & ‘Bahamian Papers’ – How Long Before You Are Discovered?

Ronald Marini

We previously posted two articles:

Your Offshore Confidential Information Is Being Delivered Daily to Tax Authorities – New Leak of Bahamian Offshore Files!” and
Mossack Fonseca Affected Taxpayers with Potential Exposure Should Consult with Counsel To Consider Their Legal Options Now!

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New Tax Filing Security Protocols

Annette Nellen

New Security Step – IR-2016-124 (9/22/16) – The IRS alerted people filing an extended return electronically for 2015 (due 10/17/16), that they likely would be asked to enter their AGI (Adjusted Gross Income) for 2014. The purpose is to help properly identify the taxpayer. The information release reminds people how to order a tax transcript from the IRS should they not have it.

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Scheme To Defraud Taxpayers On Obama Care Payments

Harold Goedde

The IRS Practice and Procedure group is confronting the latest scheme to target taxpayers. The IRS and its Security Summit partners warned Thursday that scammers have sent fake emails purportedly containing CP2000 notices, which are used in the IRS’s Automated Underreporter Program.

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Seven Individuals Sentenced To Prison For Online Fraud Scams

William Byrnes

Seven defendants were sentenced for their roles in online fraud schemes involving counterfeit checks, “mystery shopper” websites and work-from-home scams. Funso Hassan, 27, of Ibadan, Nigeria, and Anthony Shane Jeffers, 44, of Maryville, Tennessee, each pleaded guilty on April 12, 2016, to one count of conspiracy to commit identity theft and theft of government property and one count of use of mail and an interstate facility to distribute proceeds of a racketeering activity.

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