Law Enforcement

Final regulations confirm: Making large gifts now won’t harm estates after 2025

The Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service on November 22 issued final regulations confirming that individuals taking advantage of the increased gift and estate tax exclusion amounts in effect from 2018 to 2025 will not be adversely impacted after 2025 when the exclusion amount is scheduled to drop to pre-2018 levels.

Africa: Urgent action needed to mobilise domestic resources as tax revenues plateau

The average tax-to-GDP ratio for the 26 countries participating in the new edition of Revenue Statistics in Africa was unchanged at 17.2% for the third consecutive year in 2017. This was lower than the averages for Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) at 22.8% and for the OECD at 34.2%, underlining the need for urgent action to enhance domestic revenue mobilisation in Africa.

Owner of Long Island Painting Firm Sentenced to Prison for Tax Evasion

Evaded Over $1 Million in Income and Employment Taxes

A Long Island, New York, business owner was sentenced to 12 months and one day in prison for tax evasion, on November 21, announced Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Richard E. Zuckerman of the Justice Department’s Tax Division.

Former Chief Executive Officer of a Brazilian Petrochemical Company Charged for His Role in a Scheme to Pay Bribes to Brazilian Officials and to Falsify Company Books and Records

An indictment was unsealed charging a former chief executive officer (CEO) of Braskem S.A. (Braskem), on November 20, a publicly traded Brazilian petrochemical company, for his role in a massive bribery and money laundering scheme involving Braskem and its parent company, Odebrecht S.A. (Odebrecht), that resulted in the diversion of hundreds of millions of dollars from Braskem into a secret slush fund that was used, in part, to pay bribes to government officials, political parties and others in Brazil to obtain and retain business.

Colorado Business Owner Convicted in $7 Million Biodiesel Tax Credit Fraud Scheme

A federal jury in Denver, Colorado, found Martin Fields guilty of conspiracy to defraud the United States, conspiracy to commit money laundering, making false claims against the United States, and money laundering, on November 19, announced Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Richard E. Zuckerman of the Justice Department’s Tax Division.

General Manager of Columbus Home Health Care Agency Pleads Guilty to Tax Fraud

A Columbus businessman pleaded guilty to aiding and assisting in the preparation of a false tax return, on November 19, announced Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Richard E. Zuckerman of the Justice Department’s Tax Division and U.S. Attorney David M. DeVillers of the Southern District of Ohio.

Management Board and Budget Committee meet at EUIPO

The Management Board of EUIPO has approved the Strategic Plan 2025 of the Office during the Management Board and Budget Committee round of meetings from 19-21 November.

EU makes it easier for companies to restructure within the single market

-Anna-Maja Henriksson, Finnish minister of justice

Democratic Republic of Congo and IMF Mission Reach an Agreement ad-referendum on Financial Assistance Under the Rapid Credit Facility and a Staff-Monitored Program

An International Monetary Fund (IMF) team, headed by Mauricio Villafuerte, visited Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), over November 6–15, 2019 and reached an agreement ad-referendum with the Congolese authorities on a reform program that could be supported by the IMF’s Rapid Credit Facility (RCF), coupled with a Staff-Monitored Program (SMP) through end-May 2020.

Head of New York Medical Clinics Found Guilty in Nearly $100 Million Money Laundering and Health Care Kickback Scheme

The manager in control of multiple medical clinics in Brooklyn and Queens, New York, was found guilty for his role in a nearly $100 million health care kickback and money laundering scheme, on November 15.