Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Offshore tax havens investigated as part of Madoff case

Government investigators are looking into the role that offshore tax havens may have played in the Ponzi scheme that Bernard L. Madoff is suspected of orchestrating, the New York Times reported today.

"Of particular interest is whether Mr. Madoff and some of his investors used funds based in offshore tax havens to evade American taxes, according to a person briefed on the investigation," the Times said.

"Also under scrutiny is whether certain charities invested with Mr. Madoff had improperly allowed their donors to shift money offshore, and whether foreign banks had withheld American taxes on Madoff accounts, as required by the Internal Revenue Service, according to this person, who was given anonymity because of the delicate nature of the investigation."

See "Madoff Spotlight Turns to Role of Offshore Funds."