The new bankruptcy reform was signed into law by the president in April, 2005. It willbecome effective on October 17, 2005. . Generally families earning more than the state median, about $45,000 in Illinois, will be will face huge roadblocks to filing a Chapter 7 bankruptcy on consumer debts and only be allowed to file Chapter 13. Prior to seeking the protection of bankruptcy debtors will be required to pay for debt counseling as a first step. The following is brief summary of the major tax related provisions of the act.
In Industry Trends article tax attorney Robert E. McKenzie discuss the new Whistleblower Law.
In April the Justice Department filed a lawsuit that sought to force HSBC India to reveal the names of U.S. customers with secret accounts, and a U. S. District subsequently granted the IRS authority to issue John Doe Summons for the names of U. S. residents of Indian descent who have had NRE accounts (Non-resident External Rupee Accounts) at the bank.
IRS Criminal Investigation (CI) is comprised of approximately 4,400 employees worldwide, approximately 2,600 of which are special agents whose investigative jurisdiction includes tax, money laundering and Bank Secrecy Act laws. While other federal agencies also have investigative jurisdiction for money laundering and some bank secrecy act violations, IRS is the only federal agency that can investigate potential criminal violations of the Internal Revenue Code.