Asset Protection Blog

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Continued Fallout from UBS

The UBS scandal may have had a more profound impact on asset protection planning than previously suspected.

While no one was surprised that UBS caved to the IRS summons, few expected that other Swiss banks will significantly change their business operations. They have.

We are getting information...read more

The Ten Largest Banks in the World

It always surprises Americans that the U.S. banks that they have all heard about so much are not necessarily the largest banks in the world.

Given the recent IndyMac collapse, it is becoming easier for investors to realize that U.S. banks are not necessarily the largest or the safest. In February...read more

IRS Goes After UBS AG

Following the indictment of several UBS AG (Switzerland) employees, the Justice Department requested permission from federal court to have the Internal Revenue Service issue John Doe summons to UBS AG (the Swiss parent of UBS). The John Doe summons will instruct the Swiss bank to provide to the IRS...read more

Forecasting Capital Gain Rates

A recent Wall Street Journal has an article entitled Property Investors Fear Gains-Tax Rise, Shift 1031 Strategy.

Read the article here: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB120528549398629221.html

Anticipating a change in the administration and an increasingly Democratic Congress, real estate...read more

New York Targets Internet Retailers

The State of New York has passed a new law scheduled to go into effect June 1, 2008, requiring internet retailers to collect sales taxes. The new law is expected to generate an additional $78 million of revenue per year for the state. Several other states, including California, are considering...read more

Tax Fraud Pays Off?

The big tax news this month was the Justice Department’s loss in the Wesley Snipes case. Snipes has been cleared of federal tax-fraud and conspiracy charges, but was convicted on three misdemeanor counts of failing to file a tax return. He now faces up-to three years in a prison for the misdemeanor...read more

Tax Pandering or Tax Incentive?

In response to Sen. McCain’s proposed tax plan an article in today’s Washington Post (McCain’s Plan for Working Class Offers Plenty for Corporate World) blasted the tax plan as pandering to corporations and businesses. The cry was picked up by several other publications as well. What is the...read more

Downturn in the Real Estate Market Leads to More Asset Protection Planning

Following the credit crunch of August 2007, the real estate market has experienced a significant decline. Many of our clients are heavily invested in real estate or are involved in various development projects. For them, the reality of the declining market means a lot more than an interesting...read more

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