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International Tax Crimes Investigations Target ‘Enablers’ Too

June 5, 2019, 4:00 PM

Tax enforcement agencies have growing firepower and data to attack illegal use of cryptocurrency, including participation of “enablers” like accountants, lawyers, and financial institutions, the leaders of a five-nation financial-crimes group said.

The group has more than 50 investigations underway since its formation a year ago and hopes a number of its cases will be public in the next six months or so, “particularly in the enabler space,” according to Don Fort, chief of the U.S. Internal Revenue Service’s Criminal Investigation division.

Fort and tax officials from Canada, the U.K., Australia, and the Netherlands have been struck by the ...