Swiss banks likely to cave and disclose U.S. accounts to U.S. authorities
Switzerland's private banks are deciding whether to disavow centuries of secrecy and bow to U.S. pressure to disclose accounts of U.S. persons. The Swiss banks are otherwise going to have to face fines and possible criminal prosecution.
Most of the smaller banks are expected to participate but are wrestling with the risk of customer backlash if they concede and disclose customer confidentiality.
Back in 2009, Switzerland's largest bank, UBS was fined $780 million and handed over the names of its U.S. customers to avoid facing criminal charges.
If you are a U.S. person with an account in Switzerland and have not properly reported same, you should seriously consider entering the voluntary offshore account program offered by the Internal Revenue Service.