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The U.S. Tax Program for Swiss banks: what determined the penalties?

Lengwiler, Yvan and Saljihaj, Albana. (2018) The U.S. Tax Program for Swiss banks: what determined the penalties? Swiss Journal of Economics and Statistics / Schweizerische Zeitschrift für Volkswirtschaft und Statistik, 154 (23). pp. 1-12.

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Abstract

The U.S. Tax Program for Swiss banks is a very significant part of the recent history of the Swiss financial industry. It has accelerated the transformation of the Swiss banking industry from a system that relied on bank secrecy to a much more compliant one. It was also rather costly for the banks involved. This short paper tries to identify the determinants of the individual penalties that were levied by the DoJ. We find that U.S. assets under management is the most important determinant. However, the average size of the accounts, the behavior of the bank vis-à-vis its American clients, the solvency of the bank, and the point in time when the bank settled with the DoJ also matter.
Faculties and Departments:06 Faculty of Business and Economics > Departement Wirtschaftswissenschaften > Professuren Wirtschaftswissenschaften > Finanzmärkte (Lengwiler)
UniBasel Contributors:Lengwiler, Yvan and Saljihaj, Albana
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
Publisher:Swiss Society of Economics and Statistics (SSES)
ISSN:0303-9692
e-ISSN:2235-6282
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Journal article
Language:English
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Last Modified:05 Feb 2019 16:29
Deposited On:17 Jan 2019 14:06

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