IRS Points Finger at Andersen
Earlier this year the IRS served 19 summonses to Andersen requesting information about the shelters. The response received from Andersen was inadequate, according to the IRS, thus the current court action.
Andersen spokesperson Patrick Dorton stated that the firm has been most cooperative with the IRS but still needed to protect its clients. "Our firm provided significant amounts of information already to the IRS," he said . "At the same time we need to balance our client confidentiality obligations."
The IRS is examining tax shelter activity between Andersen and its clients for the period 1995 through 2002. The request for enforced action is part of the IRS's ongoing attempt to seek information about and shut down abusive and improper tax shelters. Accounting firms Ernst & Young , KPMG , and BDO Seidman  have been in the news recently for their court battles with the IRS.