OFFSHORE VOLUNTARY DISCLOSURE PROGRAM

The Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program continues to be offered by the IRS to encourage taxpayers who have failed to accurately report funds held in foreign bank accounts and income derived abroad to make full disclosure and avoid potential criminal sanctions

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Misjoinder of Tax Evasion Charges Resulted in Reversal. U.S. v. LITWOK, 678 F.3d 208, (2nd Cir. 2012)

Misjoinder of Counts of Mail Fraud with Tax Evasion Led to Reversal. There was no evidence at trial of any affirmative act to evade taxes by defendant beyond a mere failure to file tax returns for calendar years 1996 and 1997. The misjoinder prejudicially affected the jury's deliberations on each of the counts. The evidence as to both counts was not overwhelming and the district court gave no limiting instructions.

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Sentencing Enhancements in Tax Case Upheld. U.S. v. MCKINNEY, 686 F.3d 432 (7th Cir. 2012)

Two sentencing enhancements imposed by the United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois were upheld as to a Defendant, who pled guilty to conspiracy to defraud, impede, impair, obstruct, and defeat the functions of the IRS in the collection of income taxes, 18 U.S.C.S. § 371, tax evasion, 26 U.S.C.S. § 7201, and false statements to revenue agents, 18 U.S.C.S. § 1001, concerning his residence and employment.

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Lawyers and Accountant Found Guilty of Conspiracy and Tax Evasion. U.S. v. COPLAN, 2012-2 U.S.T.C. P50,695 (2nd Cir. 2012)

Three lawyers and an accountant were found guilty of conspiracy and tax evasion in the Southern District of New York.

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