U.S. gets court order for UBS Swiss bank records

1/07/2008 - 21:26
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A federal judge in Miami authorized the Internal Revenue Service to request information from UBS AG about U.S. taxpayers who may be using Swiss bank accounts to evade federal income taxes, the U.S. Justice Department said on Tuesday.

The department on Monday had sought permission to allow the IRS to serve what is known as a "John Doe" summons on the Zurich-based bank. The summons is used to obtain information about possible tax fraud by people whose identities are unknown.

Justice Department spokesman Charles Miller said the judge granted the government's request for a court order.

(Reporting by James Vicini, Editing by Carol Bishopric)

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