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The International Revenue Service’s Criminal Investigation unit is readying two new programs focusing on data investigations and international tax enforcement.
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The new international tax enforcement program will leverage the expertise of IRS Criminal Investigation in previous cases involving UBS and other Swiss banks, as well as other cases involving offshore tax evasion.

“Today, I’m announcing the formation of a dedicated international tax enforcement group,” said Fort. “In a matter of months, if not sooner, we’re going to be standing up a group of elite special agents in our Washington, D.C., field office that are going to be dedicated to working and developing significant international tax cases. What we’re essentially doing is consolidating some of our foremost experts in these international tax cases who are really the nationwide experts in this field and put them under the umbrella of one focused operational group.”

The group will be based in the IRS’s field office in Washington, not at headquarters. “These are agents who, when this group is operational, have actually worked these investigations," said Fort. "These are agents who are subject matter experts in this field. This is something we’ve never done before. We’ve had great international cases in most of our field offices around the country. This focuses and leverages those years of expertise and the knowledge, skills and successes in the international tax arena with those agents who have worked those cases.”
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“We’ll have a lot of involvement with the Department of Justice, as well as we’ll be leveraging the great relationships we have internationally with our international partners, as well as our constant involvement with our civil counterparts,” said Fort. “By consolidating these efforts in the Washington field office, it’s really going to allow us to better control the cases and work more efficiently as an organization in the international tax area.”

As in the data investigation program, the international enforcement program will also make heavy use of data. “You look at this particular effort with the international tax enforcement group, it’s very heavy on the use of data and data analytics,” said Fort. “You couple the manipulation and use of data, with the experts that have worked these cases before.”

IRS Criminal Investigation plans to leverage not only tax data, but also information gleaned from the Bank Secrecy Act, whistleblowers, the Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program, Panama Papers, and the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act, or FATCA.

“You take an elite group of agents with this data, the resources that we have internationally, the relationships we’ve built with the Department of Justice,” said Fort. “I’m excited about this effort. We will be analyzing the data to see where it leads us in terms of other countries, other jurisdictions and other individuals to best focus our efforts from a criminal investigation standpoint.”

There will be between 10 and 12 special agents in the international group, he added. They will be able to leverage data from FATCA as well as other sources. “All available data we have in-house, which includes FATCA, as well as any information that we’ve gleaned and is available from the Swiss bank project and other completed investigations,” said Fort. “We have human sources of intelligence domestically as well as people that provide information internationally, so it’s all sources of information, looking at all of that data to help with case selection and better inform future international cases.”
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I guess the reason it's going to be located in D.C. is because that's where all the expat US citizens live. Human sources of intelligence.

https://www.accountingtoday.com/news/irs-criminal-investigation-chief-plans-new-enforcement-programs
 

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They love their work.

I guess the reason it's going to be located in D.C. is because that's where all the expat US citizens live. Human sources of intelligence.

https://www.accountingtoday.com/news/irs-criminal-investigation-chief-plans-new-enforcement-programs
For the innocent, more headaches, more hours with the accountants, more paperwork, more felled rainforests and more expense to pay for it.

For the guilty, more sharpened pencils.
 
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