Friday, March 27, 2009

IRS will trade leniency for information

Citizens who voluntarily pay taxes owed on offshore assets could escape criminal prosecution if they provide the Internal Revenue Service with information about the bankers who helped them hide their assets, according to The Wall Street Journal.

"A key part of the program, IRS officials said, is 'developing intelligence' on bankers, lawyers, accountants and others who help the rich hide assets from tax authorities," the Journal reported.

The Journal has posted the IRS guidelines on its website.