Saturday, October 3, 2015

Tax Notes Today Article on What Comes Next for Non-Swiss Banks Enabling U.S. Evasion (10/3/15)

Tax Notes today has another article about offshore accounts, this one on the DOJ Swiss Bank Program and speculation about it possible expansion to non-Swiss banks.   Marie Sapirie, What Comes After the Swiss Bank Program in Enforcement?, 149 TAX NOTES 12 (OCT. 5, 2015) [No link available].  I don't see anything particularly new in the article, but simply a re-cap and extension of what is already known.  Of course, although DOJ Tax has not announced an extension beyond Swiss Banks, I and, I think, most practitioners think it is a no-brainer to do so.  Other countries' banks played prominently in enabling U.S. taxpayer evasion, so I think most practitioners think it a logical extension of the Swiss Bank Program to have it apply to banks in other countries.  There will be tweaks because DOJ Tax has learned a lot in implementing the Swiss Bank Program.  But, any such action is speculation and surmise.

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