The HSBC headquarters is seen in the Canary Wharf financial district in east London, Britain in this Feb. 15, 2016 file photo. REUTERS/Hannah McKay/Files
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Switzerland said it plans to give information to U.S. tax authorities about accounts at HSBC Holdings Plc's Swiss private bank, as part of a U.S. investigation into tax evasion.The move comes after the IRS asked Swiss tax authorities in April for assistance on HSBC Private Bank (Suisse) SA accounts held by Swiss-registered "domiciliary companies" with U.S. beneficial owners between 2002 and 2014 .The U.S. Department of Justice is also investigating Britain-based HSBC over its Swiss unit's role in helping wealthy U.S. citizens evade taxes.A spokesman for Switzerland's tax agency in Berne declined on Tuesday to say how many HSBC accounts were involved in the IRS request, citing Swiss privacy laws.HSBC has said it has since implemented more rigorous controls and is cooperating with tax authorities.
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