Bloomberg is reporting today that the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations will be holding a hearing on a crackdown on offshore tax evasion. According to Sen.Carl Levin, offshore tax avoidance costs more than $100 billion a year. The hearing will focus on the status of ongoing investigations into Swiss banks and their US clients which include Credit Suisse Group AG and 14 other banks.
Since 2009, over 70 taxpayers and nearly three dozen bankers, lawyers and advisors have been charged with cheating the IRS through hidden accounts. Through the OVDP and OVDI programs, more than 43,000 Americans have avoided jail time and have paid $6 billion in penalties, fines and back taxes. Many leads from these participants have resulted in the building of criminal cases that previously, would have avoided detection due to Swiss privacy laws. Lawyers indicate that these leads are generating examination of tax havens outside of Switzerland.
Lawrence Horn, a tax attorney at Sills Cummis & Gross in Newark, New Jersey said “If I were Senator Levin, I’d ask the Justice Department, ‘You did this program with the Swiss and 106 banks signed up for non-prosecution, so will you take that prototype to other countries with a history of unreported bank accounts, such as Israel, India, Singapore and Hong Kong?”
The schedule for CSpan is not yet up for February 26. If you’ve got the February blues, maybe you can cheer yourself up watching Uncle Carl in action!
Offshore Tax Evasion: The Effort to Collect Unpaid Taxes on Billions in Hidden Offshore Accounts
Dirksen Senate Office Building
February 26. 2014
09:30AM – 05:13PM