Monday, June 29, 2009

Legal tactic helps uncover offshore bank accounts

The Washington Post features an article today about a special trial attorney at the Internal Revenue Service who is credited with devising a legal tactic for uncovering the identities of offshore account holders.

John McDougal and his team at the IRS began in 2002 to use "John Doe" summonses on U.S. companies that process financial transactions for Americans holding questionable foreign accounts.

"The summonses were instrumental in helping the Justice department secure a settlement under which UBS admitted engaging in a scheme aiding U.S. clients hiding income from the IRS," the article says.