By Jay R. Nanavati
January 2016 Edition
The investigation and prosecution of tax evasion has, in the last decade, grown from a specialized subcategory of law enforcement into a first-tier policy concern for the global community. Starting with the U.S. government’s crackdown on Swiss bank UBS in 2008, there has been a steady drumbeat of news about prosecutions of financial institutions, bankers and taxpayers. This drumbeat has coincided with the public’s frustration with the slow growth of most of the world’s economies over the last decade and the related problem of governments’ budgetary troubles. Cracking down on offshore tax evasion is a relatively uncontroversial source of new revenue.