IRS will step up its efforts to find Americans utilizing tax haven banks. Since September 11 the U. S. Financial Crimes Enforcement Network has developed a coordinated program to find money laundering, foreign banking activity, and tax evasion. In most white collar crime cases the Justice Department offers plea bargains to individuals like Birkenfeld in return for cooperation in charging others involved in illegal activity. Therefore with increased resources being allocated to seeking out foreign bank activities by Americans we can anticipate will the first of many bankers who cooperate to reduce their potential jail time.
In Robert E. McKenzie‘s latest blog for Forbes’ “IRS Watch,” he explains Audit Techniques Guides (ATGs) that the IRS relies upon for ensuring consistency. According to Mr. McKenzie, the ATGs contain examination techniques, common and unique industry issues, business practices, industry terminology and other information to assist examiners in performing examinations. They come in handy when a business taxpayer is subject to an IRS examination.
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