Chicago tax lawyer Robert E. McKenzie worries those with still secret offshore accounts may be less likely to disclose because they figure that if they’re found out and prosecuted, they’ll avoid jail as Warner has. But McKenzie tells prospective clients the same thing he wrote recently on Forbes: “Many other less lucky offshore depositors have been sentenced to prison by other judges. One distinguishing factor for Warner was he was a billionaire whereas those sent to prison were merely millionaires.”
Taxpayers with offshore bank accounts might be in trouble. The Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) went into effect on July 1 requires that foreign banks report to the IRS about the accounts of U.S. taxpayers. As a result, more than 100 Swiss banks are handing over information on potential U.S. tax evaders.