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Old 13.12.2014, 16:48
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IRS Coming to Switzerland - literally!


"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. IRS representatives from the office in Paris will offer a limited number of 15-minute individual private consultations to discuss individual tax questions with taxpayers on Monday, January 26, 2015 from 2pm – 5pm and on Tuesday, January 27, 2015 from 9:30am – 11:30am.

IRS specialists will also provide a public presentation on tax-specific information pertinent to U.S. citizens living abroad and foreign citizens with U.S. tax obligations on Monday, January 26, 2015 from 6pm – 8pm. The presentation will be followed by a Q&A session. U.S. Embassy representatives will be available to answer any questions concerning consular matters and how to apply for a social security number. Please note that the IRS will NOT be able to answer questions regarding banking matters."

Picked this info up from IBS poster Innocente who also added:

"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.
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