Tuesday, August 18, 2009

IRS Settles UBS Summons Case

It looks like the Swiss backed down and have agreed to let UBS reveal the names of U.S. tax cheats with accounts in the Swiss bank. While the IRS was originally after information about 52,000 accounts, they likely settled for a lot less. Most media outlets are reporting that information about 5,000 to 10,000 accounts will be disclosed.

Also unknown is whether those disclosures will include information about individuals who have already taken advantage of the IRS's amnesty program, or if the IRS will get new names.

In the meantime, this week another individual pled guilty to keeping an offshore account at UBS.

Will prosecutions pick up once the amnesty program ends?