THINK TWICE BEFORE EVADING TAXES (PART II) FOLLOW UP TO CREDIT SUISSE GUILTY PLEA
As we noted last month, Credit Suisse AG pleaded guilty to conspiracy to aid and assist U.S. taxpayers with filing false income tax returns and other documents with the I.R.S. Following Credit Suisse’s guilty plea to helping American clients evade taxes, New York State’s financial regulator is said to have picked Mr. Neil Barofsky as the corporate monitor for Credit Suisse Group AG. Monitors are chosen to act as the government’s post-settlement proxy, shining a light on the inner workings of corporations and suggesting steps to bolster compliance procedures.
Credit Suisse agreed to two years of oversight by New York’s financial regulator as part of its $2.6 billion resolution with the U.S. Credit Suisse’s settlement is the first guilty plea by a global bank in more than a decade, and the penalty agreed to is the largest penalty in an offshore tax case.