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ironiya • this career-oriented blog—published on biweekly Wednesdays—looks at the positive and sometimes ironic sides of a kaleidoscopic range of workplace and life issues, from education and employment to discipline and discord •

integrity by the numbers: clean sheets

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Julius Baer is the latest Swiss bank to settle with United States justice and tax authorities over an investigation that revealed its active participation in a scheme with wealthy American clients to avoid taxes (http://www.nytimes.com/2015/12/31/business/dealbook/julius-baer-reaches-preliminary-tax-deal-with-us-authorities.html). Were this an isolated incident, one could chalk it up to greedy bankers and self-centered multimillionaires—the former for the hefty fees, the latter for the hefty fortunes. Yet this is merely the latest in ongoing investigations. Even if we were not in our current age of omnipresent—and, to be sure, omnipotent—electronic financial trails and travails, why do some people still consider integrity a human trait best left to our society’s do-gooders? Why can clean balance sheets still not be taken for granted, if only because they are so difficult to hide nowadays, let alone because tax fraud is hardly a victimless crime?  Read More