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 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.
On January 9, 2012 the Internal Revenue Service reopened the offshore voluntary disclosure program to help people hiding offshore accounts get current with their taxes and announced the collection of more than $4.4 billion so far from the two previous international programs.