The investigation concerns historical private banking services provided on a cross-border basis to people in the United States, Credit Suisse said on Friday, adding the bank had received a letter notifying it that it was being investigated on Thursday.
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In 2009, Credit Suisse's local rival UBS AG
"Subject to our Swiss legal obligations, we will continue to cooperate with the U.S. authorities in an effort to resolve these matters," Credit Suisse said in a statement.
The DoJ has been conducting a broad investigation into a number of Swiss banks, bankers, and third-party intermediaries to determine if they have helped wealthy American clients dodge taxes.
Companies involved in that probe include Credit Suisse, the second-largest bank in Switzerland; HSBC
At a June conference in Washington organized by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the U.S. Internal Revenue Service's Deputy Commissioner for Services and Enforcement Steven Miller said it planned to move against "one or more banks in the next month or so."
Credit Suisse said in the statement that as previously disclosed, it had been responding to requests for information, including subpoenas, from the DoJ.
Switzerland and the United States have been in talks to try to reach a multibillion-dollar deal over Swiss banks helping Americans to shield their money from the U.S. taxman.
(Reporting by Katie Reid; Editing by Will Waterman)