Aiming to avoid an ugly international dispute, the US government, Switzerland, and a Swiss bank are seeking to delay a hearing over private bank accounts, the Wall Street Journal reports. The respite would give government officials and UBS until August to strike a deal over data on some 52,000 alleged US tax evaders. The Justice Department and IRS want it; UBS and Switzerland say handing it over would violate Swiss law.
Court filings and a DoJ statement suggest that UBS could accuse some clients of fraud, providing a legal basis for disclosing private information. But the DoJ still wants information on a "significant number of individuals with UBS accounts," the statement says. A federal judge will hear the request for a stay tomorrow.