Lawyers advising tax dodgers are saying their clients are struggling to decide among several alternatives. They can confess and plead for mercy. They can quietly file amended tax returns, pay up, make other required disclosures and hope overworked government prosecutors won't follow up. Or they could choose to do nothing and pray their names won't turn up.
The recently adopted law that increases the reward for whistleblowers who provide specific information to the Internal Revenue Service about tax avoidance schemes is encouraging whistleblowers to come forward.