Numerous Criminal Prosecutions of Taxpayers with Unreported Offshore Accounts

- By : P. Patel

The Department of Justice and local United States Attorneys’ Offices continue to zealously prosecute numerous cases involving U.S. taxpayers who have failed to report their interests in offshore accounts. The successful prosecutions underscore the government’s aggressive investigations and enhanced scrutiny. U.S. taxpayers who have failed to report their interests in offshore accounts should consider voluntary

Latest Guilty Plea for an Another HSBC Offshore Bank Accountholder

- By : P. Patel

Last week a Boston venture capitalist and director at a Boston bank was charged with failing to report his foreign bank account and income to the US Department of the Treasury. It is noteworthy that relatively small amounts of income, tax, and offshore assets were involved. The offshore accounts ranged from about $65,000 to $150,000.

Another U.S. taxpayer with an offshore HSBC bank account pleads guilty

- By : P. Patel

On April 13, 2011, another U.S. taxpayer with an offshore HSBC bank account, Josephine Bhasin (United States v. Bhasin, E.D.N.Y., No. 11-cr-00268-ADS), pled guilty to charges of knowingly filing false tax returns, false amended tax returns, and false FBARs. According to court documents, Ms. Bhasin of Huntington, NY, filed a false individual income tax return

Time Running Out for HSBC India accountholders sought by IRS

- By : P. Patel

If HSBC produces these records, which is likely, it may be too late for U.S. taxpayers with undisclosed HSBC accounts to take advantage of the IRS Voluntary Disclosure Program for offshore accounts.

HSBC Client Pleads Guilty to Conspiring to Hide Indian Accounts From IRS

- By : P. Patel

An Indian-American businessman on Tuesday pleaded guilty to conspiring to defraud US tax authorities by hiding his bank accounts in HSBC India, a case which has led the IRS to probe NRIs holding accounts in the bank. Vaibhav Dahake, 44 of Somerset, New Jersey pleaded guilty before US District Judge Freda Wolfson to an indictment

IRS’ Takes Legal Action Against Offshore HSBC Indian Accounts

- By : P. Patel

Last week the U.S. Justice Department asked a federal district court in San Francisco to force HSBC USA to disclose the names of their U.S. customers suspected of having secret bank accounts in India.  The legal action comes after the indictment of a New Jersey Indian American businessman in hiding his bank accounts in India

Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FINCEN) Issue Final Rules

- By : P. Patel

The Bank Secrecy Act (“BSA”) was originally enacted in 1970 to help detect and prevent money laundering. The BSA requires reporting for a calendar year called a “Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts” (Form TD F 90-22.1 (the “FBAR”)), which must be filed by June 30th of the subsequent year. Records related to such

2011 Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Initiative Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and Answers

- By : P. Patel

We have reviewed the new 2011 OVDI FAQs and noticed that the Service has refined and streamlined the voluntary disclosure process. Our firm prepared dozens of voluntary disclosure applications in 2009 and the new 2011 FAQs seem to resolve some of the issues that arose during the 2009 voluntary disclosure process. For instance, the PFIC

2011 Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Initiative (OVDI)

- By : P. Patel

On February 8, 2011, the IRS announced the 2011 Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Initiative (OVDI), designed to bring offshore money back into the U.S. tax system and help people with undisclosed income from hidden offshore accounts get current with their taxes. The OVDI covers calendar years 2003 to 2010, and is available through August 31, 2011