Well, first you found out your safety deposit box could be confiscated. Then we hear this from the New York Times:
In a step that would have once been unthinkable in the rarefied world of Swiss banking, UBS will shut about 19,000 accounts that prosecutors suspect have gone undeclared to the Internal Revenue Service.
Under pressure from federal authorities, the Swiss bank UBS is closing the hidden offshore accounts of its well-heeled American clients, potentially allowing their secrets to spill into the open.
The clients now face stark choices: they can cash their checks, and thereby alert the authorities to any potential wrongdoing, or not cash them, effectively losing their money.
Or they can transfer the money to new banks, a procedure which, in the case of foreign banks, requires depositors of more than $10,000 to report the new account to the Treasury Department.
“You can either take that check and throw it in the woods, or deposit it somewhere and get busted,” said a UBS client, who asked not to be named because of the investigations into UBS and its clients. “There’s nowhere to hide.” [more]
I guess now’s not the time to remind you the IRS has no legal authority to tax personal income (only corporate income). Watch the late Aaron Russo talk with IRS Commissioner Sheldon Cohen on YouTube. He discovers there is no law authorizing a direct, unapportioned tax on labor.