Bank Secrecy Act requires financial institutions to assist government agencies to detect and prevent money laundering. In May 2013 FinCEN published issue #23 of The SAR Activity Review Trends Tips & Issues. Table 2 documents the most frequent activities defined in Category S – Other. Tax Fraud or Evasion makes up 22% of those cases. FinCEN goes on to discuss an Overview of Correspondent Banks, Tax Havens, Shell, Shelf and Offshore Companies and Trusts. They also discuss Tax Fraud or Evasion in their section on Significant Money Laundering Trends and Patterns by Accountants or CPAs. If FinCEN is giving this much time and attention to this topic, so should you.
Look at some of the headlines just from this year alone:
• Rody accuses newspaper owners of tax evasion.
• UK woman arrested, millions recovered in tax probe
• Caterpillar Is Accused in Report to Federal Investigators of Tax Fraud
• Sylvain Marveaux briefly detained in tax fraud investigation
• Star of 'American Guns' convicted of fraud, tax evasion