- That the account has been declared to the IRS, with evidence of either copies of actual FBAR reports and/or
- A certification from a US tax advisor or lawyer stating that they can has been declared to the IRS and/or
- Certification that the account has been disclosed to the IRS through the Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program.
Don't be fooled into thinking that answering these letters or providing this information will somehow benefit you the client!
Your account will be turned over to the U.S. Treasury Department, as an account associated with a US beneficiary, whether you respond to this banks request or not!
This is solely for the bank's benefit, so that they can categorize your account as a "Tax Compliant Account" which will then not be subject to the 20% penalty imposed by the U.S. Treasury Department against your Swiss Banker.
We originally posted Tuesday, January 28, 2014 "Offshore Swiss Bank Account? This May Be Your Last Chance To File A Voluntary Disclosure!," where we discussed that The United States Justice Department has received 106 requests from Swiss entities to participate in a settlement program aimed at ending a long-running probe of tax-dodging by Americans using Swiss bank accounts according to a senior US official. The program is open only to banks, who will have to pay between 20 and 50 per cent of the value of undeclared US-owned accounts as at 1 August 2008.
Now on June 2014 Update on the Tax Division’s Program for Non-Prosecution Agreements or Non-Target Letters for Swiss Banks was issued by the Doj which provides, among other things:
- Maximum aggregate dollar value and penalty mitigation (Program II.H.) Part II.H.1 of the program provides that the Swiss bank will pay as a penalty "for U.S. Related Accounts that existed on Aug. 1, 2008, an amount equal to 20% of the maximum aggregate dollar value of all such accounts during the Applicable Period." (Emphasis added.) Similar language is found in II.H.2 and II.H.3.
- For each of these three categories of accounts, the "maximum aggregate dollar value" is calculated at a single date (typically using end-of-month information) when the bank’s book of those U.S. Related Accounts is at its highest point.
- Additionally, that same date is used for all penalty mitigation calculations, and a reduction in maximum aggregate dollar value will only be permitted for accounts in existence on that date and in the amount that was included in the maximum aggregate dollar value.
Your account is still categorized as having a US beneficiary and as such will be turned over to the US Treasury Department pursuant to the Swiss banks agreement.
The only real deadline US taxpayers are currently facing is the June 30 deadline for filing the 2013 FBAR report on Form 114.
The only other deadline the US taxpayers should consider is the deadline to make a voluntary disclosure in the current Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program (OVDP), which sets a limit to the penalties imposed on them by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) for failing to declare foreign assets and earnings.
The US Can Use Swiss Data for Law Enforcement Actions!
The new agreement makes clear that “personal data provided by the Swiss banks… will be used and disclosed only for purposes of law enforcement (which may include regulatory action) in the United States or as otherwise permitted by US law.”
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