Thursday, August 20, 2009
Following up on yesterday's post, UBS Agrees to Release 4,450 Names to IRS in Tax Evasion Case: Chris Bergin, President and Publisher of Tax Analysts, characterizes the settlement as Justice for All – Well, At Least for the Rich and the Swiss:
Three law professors from American University’s law school – Nancy Abramowitz, Andrew Pike, and Robin Westbrook – immediately sent the IRS a letter about this sweet deal. I quote from the letter below because there’s no way I could put it better.
“Our law school operates a low income taxpayer clinic. In the last few years, we have seen an increase in the assertion of penalties against the poorest, least sophisticated taxpayers with virtually negligible room for negotiation with the IRS. It would seem that a blanket program of offering reduced penalties and no criminal action to wealthy, sophisticated tax dodgers who come forward on the eve of their names being turned over to the IRS and with prior knowledge of the forthcoming disclosure, is suggestive of something less than even handed tax administration.”
Amen to equal justice for all.