UBS has agreed to reveal the names and account information of 4,450 U.S. persons who are owners of UBS Swiss bank accounts who the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) believes have committed tax fraud. Clearly Swiss bank secrecy has more holes than Swiss cheese. The names will be revealed under the following procedure. UBS will notify its customers who are on the list that their names are to be turned over to the IRS. Those Swiss bank account owners who believe that doing so is in violation of Swiss law will be entitled to a decision from the Swiss Federal Tax Authority (SFTA) as to whether the turnover is legal. The Swiss have committed to processing any requests by the IRS so that the first 500 UBS Swiss bank accounts will be turned over within 90 days of the formal request by the IRS to the Swiss, and the last of the Swiss bank account names are to be turned over within one year.
Of course the names of who is on the list has not been disclosed, nor have the criteria for which Swiss bank accounts will be on the list been revealed. No such information is expected for 90 days. Clearly the intent is that some of the Swiss bank account owners who are not on the list, but don’t know they are not on the list will be motivated to participate in the IRS tax amnesty program which closes September 23rd.
Our tax attorneys are counseling many clients on the ins and outs of the IRS voluntary disclosure program. If you have a foreign bank account, and are interested in finding out more, please contact the tax litigation lawyers at Brager Tax Law Group, A P.C.