2nd Circ. Suggests Gov't Overstepped In Importer's Tax Case

Law360, New York (January 25, 2016, 7:27 PM EST) -- Three Second Circuit judges expressed doubt Monday about the propriety of federal judge's order compelling toy importer Steven Greenfield to divulge details of family offshore bank accounts to the IRS in a noted tax enforcement proceeding, with one judge saying the government appears to have overstepped in a case of "Fifth Amendment 101."

Greenfield is contesting a February 2015 order by Manhattan U.S. District Judge Alvin K. Hellerstein that requires him to turn over records detailing what the IRS believes to be at least $30 million in family money stashed offshore.

The IRS's demands are rooted in a shuttered criminal investigation...

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