Previously we posted on August 1, 2013 Federal Courts Authorize John Doe Summonses Seeking Identities of Credit Card Use For Norweign Tax Authority! where we discussed that federal courts in Minnesota, Texas, Pennsylvania, Oklahoma, Virginia and California had entered orders authorizing the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to serve John Doe summonses on certain U.S. banks and financial institutions, seeking information about persons who have used specific credit or debit cards in Norway.
Now the DOJ, petitioned the U.S. District Court for the Western District of North Carolina to authorize IRS summonses to uncover the identities of Finnish residents using U.S.-issued payment cards in Finland. The DOJ and IRS are pursuing this matter under the U.S.-Finland tax treaty and at the request of the Finnish government.
“Yesterday’s effort reflects that the U.S. will return this help by working under the law with tax administrators in other nations to help them in their fight against tax evasion and avoidance. A global economy should not be allowed to serve as a possible vehicle for tax evasion in any country.”
The Court granted the request, authorizing the IRS to serve "John Doe" summonses to identify the individuals who hold three payment cards issued by Bank of America, Charles Schwab and TD Bank. Each of the cards was used to make withdrawals and purchases in Finland worth between $85,000 and $135,000 in the period from 2013 to 2014.
The DOJ stated that it does not allege that Bank of America, Charles Schwab or TD Bank violated any U.S. or Finnish laws with respect to the card accounts.
Read more at: Tax Times blog