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Old 19.12.2014, 11:20
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Re: IRS Coming to Switzerland - literally!

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"The U.S. Embassy is pleased to announce a visit and presentation by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). The American Women’s Club of Zurich (AWCZ) has graciously agreed to host the U.S. Embassy and the IRS at their clubhouse on January 26-27, 2015.

"In the event that the IRS has not done its homework, it should note that Switzerland has a strict law on foreign agents operating on Swiss territory, Swiss Criminal Code Art. 271:

“Art. 271
Unlawful activities on behalf of a foreign state
1. Any person who carries out activities on behalf of a foreign state on Swiss territory without lawful authority, where such activities are the responsibility of a public authority or public official,
- any person who carries out such activities for a foreign party or organisation,
- any person who encourages such activities,
is liable to a custodial sentence not exceeding three years or to a monetary penalty, or in serious cases to a custodial sentence of not less than one year.”

In a nutshell, IRS agents and those responsible for organizing these sessions could be arrested unless prior legal approval has been obtained."

Now wouldn't that be a nice Christmas present.
Using the "Acting for a Foreign State" law against the IRS agents might be appropriate but it is usually reserved for cases of suspected espionage. Another law that could be applied against the visiting IRS agents is the Swiss "Foreigner Law" (Auslšndergesetz). It has been used effectively against foreigners working as prostitutes, drug dealers, running illegal gambling operations and just plain working illegally ("Schwarzarbeit").

It has also been applied against managers and other facilitators who hired or enabled the illegal work by foreigners. In this case, it could be applied against the Board of the American Women's Club of Zurich.

The Zurich police should plan on bringing a large police van to collect the miscreants.

Some cases where the Foreigner Law was applied:
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