Wednesday, August 12, 2009

UBS, U.S. and Swiss reach deal on releasing names of possible tax evaders

UBS AG and the U.S. and Swiss governments have worked out agreements to settle a dispute over whether the Swiss bank should be forced to disclose the names of 52,000 wealthy American clients suspected of tax evasion, media outlets reported today.

UBS and the two governments have initialed agreements that will "take a little time to be signed in final form," Department of Justice lawyer Stuart Gibson told U.S. District Court Judge Alan Gold during a brief conference call on Wednesday, according to Reuters.

"For U.S. taxpayers it is going to be impossible to hide money in Switzerland and it is just a matter of time that this is the case also for Germans and Britons," Asher Rubinstein, a partner at law firm Rubinstein & Rubinstein, said in a separate story by Reuters.

See also:

- UBS Tax Lawsuit Settled by U.S., Swiss Governments (Bloomberg)

- UBS Welcomes IRS Settlement (Dow Jones Newswires)