Communication de l'Administration fédérale des contributions (AFC) concernant la demande d'assistance administrative de l'Internal Revenue Service (IRS) des Etats-Unis d'Amérique du 3 juillet 2012 relative aux relations entretenues par le Crédit Suisse Group avec certains de ses clients Conformément à l'art. 20l de l'Ordonnance du 15 juin 1998 concernant la convention de double imposition américano-suisse du 2 octobre 1996 (O CDI-US; RS 672.933.61, état le 30 novembre 2011), l'AFC indique ce qui suit: 1.

En vertu de la Convention du 2 octobre 1996 entre la Confédération suisse et les Etats-Unis d'Amérique en vue d'éviter les doubles impositions en matière d'impôts sur le revenu (CDI-US; RS 0.672.933.61), l'IRS a adressé à l'AFC, par courrier du 3 juillet 2012, une demande d'assistance administrative relative aux relations entretenues par le Crédit Suisse Group avec certains de ses clients. Simultanément à l'ordonnance de production de documents, l'AFC a invité le Crédit Suisse Group à informer individuellement les personnes concernées par ladite demande et à leur faire désigner, dans les 20 jours, une personne en Suisse habilitée à recevoir des notifications. Afin de s'assurer que toutes les personnes concernées en aient connaissance, cette invitation est également publiée dans la Feuille fédérale.

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Avec la présente publication, l'AFC attire l'attention sur l'exécution simplifiée de la procédure consistant en la remise des informations sur la base du consentement irrévocable de la personne concernée, conformément à l'art. 20i O CDI-US, ainsi que sur le fait que l'AFC notifiera sa décision finale à la personne habilitée à recevoir des notifications désignée par elle-même, si la personne concernée n'en a désigné aucune dans le délai de 20 jours.

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L'AFC informe les personnes concernées qu'elle peuvent obtenir des renseignements supplémentaires sur la procédure auprès de la personne habilitée à recevoir des notifications qu'elle a désignée: Bill Isenegger Ackermann AG, Avocats ­ Attorneys at Law, Witikonerstrasse 61, boîte postale, 8032 Zurich, Suisse, www.bialaw.ch.

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La majorité des personnes concernées étant de langue maternelle anglaise, la communication a également lieu en anglais selon les annexes.

18 septembre 2012

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Annexe 1

NOTICE TO UNITED STATES BENEFICIAL OWNERS OF ACCOUNTS WITH CREDIT SUISSE AG / NEUE AARGAUER BANK AG The United States Internal Revenue Service (the IRS) has submitted a request for administrative assistance to the Swiss Federal Tax Administration (the SFTA) pursuant to Article 26 of the Convention of October 2, 1996 between the Swiss Confederation and United States of America the with respect to Taxes on Income (the 1996 Convention). The IRS is seeking information with regard to accounts of certain U.S. persons owned through a domiciliary company (a DC) that have been maintained with Credit Suisse AG / Neue Aargauer Bank AG (as applicable in a given case in the IRS Treaty Request) at any time during the years January 1, 2002 through December 31, 2010.

The identifying characteristics are as follows: ­

The account is held by a domiciliary company (a "DC account") with a U.S.

beneficial owner;

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The account includes U.S. securities;

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The account had, at any point in time during the tax period defined in the following section of the request, an aggregate balance in excess of US $ 50,000;

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Credit Suisse has no record of the timely filing of accurate Forms 1099 naming the account's U.S. beneficial owners and reporting to the IRS all payments made to such U.S. beneficial owners;

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There exists a contradiction between Form A and Form W-8BEN (or other equivalent documentary evidence), or a Form W-8 or W-9 is not associated with the account; and

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There is evidence that the U.S. beneficial owner exercised control over the account in violation of corporate governance, for instance by giving investment instructions to the bank regarding the DC account without being an authorized officer, trustee, or director of the DC or without the express written authorization of the DC, or by withdrawing funds from the DC account for personal use.

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This notice provides information to you that the Credit Suisse AG / Neue Aargauer Bank AG account of which you have the beneficial ownership appears to be within the abovementioned scope of the IRS Treaty Request.

This notice also provides certain information on the Treaty Process opened by the SFTA and the steps available to you in connection with that process, which are the following: ­

Appoint within 20 days from 18 September 2012 an agent and/or lawyer in Switzerland to receive all official notifications by the SFTA. In the event that the SFTA comes to the conclusion that exchange of information has to be granted by the SFTA, this may ­ subject to your judicial rights ­ ultimately result in the submission of your Credit Suisse AG / Neue Aargauer Bank AG account documents by the SFTA to the IRS. The SFTA encourages you to promptly consult with a U.S. qualified tax advisor to determine the appropriate course of action. Should you not react to this notice, your account will stay in the Treaty Process and the SFTA will proceed as described under #1. below.

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Consent to the SFTA's sending the account information directly to the IRS, see # 2 below.

Should you have any questions, please consult the Credit Suisse AG website at www.credit-suisse.com, or call the teams of dedicated advisors at Credit Suisse AG on +41 44 335 60 00, at Neue Aargauer Bank AG on +41 44 335 60 42.

  1. Appointment of an agent and/or lawyer in Switzerland In connection with the IRS Treaty Request, the SFTA has issued an order directing Credit Suisse AG / Neue Aargauer Bank AG to submit responsive account information to the SFTA.

If, after a comprehensive examination of the bank documents, SFTA comes to the conclusion that information relating to your Credit Suisse AG / Neue Aargauer Bank AG account is required to be provided to the IRS pursuant to the 1996 Convention, this authority will render an appropriate final decision. Subject to an appeal to the Federal Administrative Court, the SFTA would make available to the IRS the relevant information and records relating to your Credit Suisse AG / Neue Aargauer Bank AG account.

If you wish to follow this process, the SFTA requests that you ­

appoint a person authorized to receive notifications and/or a lawyer in Switzerland concerning these matters and

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inform the SFTA of the person you have appointed and his/her address in Switzerland within 20 days from 18 September 2012. Please send this information to:

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Swiss Federal Tax Administration Service for exchange of information in tax matters (SEI) Eigerstrasse 65 CH-3003 Bern, Switzerland.

Should you have further questions, you can contact Bill, Isenegger, Ackermann AG, Rechtsanwälte, Attorneys at Law, Telephone +41 44 386 88 00 E-Mail: bia@bialaw.ch If needed, you may obtain assistance in identifying a person who could serve as your agent and/or lawyer in Switzerland and, if desired, advise on Swiss legal matters, by going to the website of the Swiss Bar Association at www.swisslawyers.com.

You can also contact the Swiss Bar Association Marktgasse 4 CH-3001 Bern, Switzerland Telephone +41 31 313 0615 (helpline) infousa@swisslawyers.com The Swiss Bar Association will refer you to lawyers with the appropriate specialization.

Should you not appoint an agent and/or lawyer within 20 days from 18 September 2012, the SFTA will retain the following law firm as your agent for the service of process and subsequently direct all correspondence and orders to it: Bill Isenegger Ackermann AG Rechtsanwalte, Attorneys at Law Witikonerstrasse 61 P.O. Box CH-8032 Zurich, Switzerland Telephone +41 44 386 88 00 E-Mail: bia@bialaw.ch Obligations in respect of any appeal of an SFTA order governing your account If the SFTA were to authorize the providing of information concerning your Credit Suisse AG / Neue Aargauer Bank AG account to the IRS pursuant to the 1996 Convention, the SFTA would notify your agent and/or lawyer in Switzerland and would also advise your agent and/or lawyer that you would have a right under Swiss law to appeal such a decision by the SFTA to the Swiss Federal Administrative Court.

It is important to note that if you choose to appeal such a decision, you should be aware that Title 18 United States Code Section 3506, which in Section (a) provides generally that "any national or resident of the United States who submits, or causes to be submitted, a pleading or other document to a court or other authority in opposition to an official request for evidence of an offense shall serve such pleading or other document on the Attorney General [of the United States] at the time such pleading or other document is submitted." The SFTA urges you to consult with a qualified lawyer concerning whether to appeal any such decision of the SFTA and concerning any obligations you may have under Section 3506 of Title 18 of the United States Code should you choose to appeal such decision.

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2. Consent to transmission of information by the SFTA If you prefer that the SFTA directly send your account information to the IRS, you can authorize the SFTA to do so by sending a consenting letter to the SFTA in accordance with Art. 20i of the Ordinance on the 1996 Convention.

You can find a standard letter for this authorization at http://www.estv.admin.ch/aktuell/00978/index.html?lang=en.

The appropriately completed and duly signed authorization can be sent to the SFTA at the address indicated above. The SFTA will transmit the requested account information received from Credit Suisse AG / Neue Aargauer Bank AG to the IRS.

Consenting to the transmission of information to the SFTA will conclude the Treaty Process for your account.

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Annexe 2

Credit Suisse AG / Neue Aargauer Bank AG Reference No. (Account No):

Name and Address of the Domiciliary Company (Accountholder): ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ Name and Address of the Beneficial Owner: ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ To: Swiss Federal Tax Administration Service for exchange of information in tax matters (SEI) Eigerstr. 65 CH-3003 Bern Switzerland Re: Consent to Transmission of Information by the SFTA Dear Sir/Madam, By publication Switzerland informed me that the IRS had submitted a request for information exchange to the SFTA based on Art. 26 of the Double Taxation Convention between the Swiss Confederation and the United States of America of 2 October 1996 and thereby has opened the administrative assistance procedure (the Treaty Process). The IRS is seeking information with regard to accounts of certain U.S. persons owned through an offshore company that have been maintained with Credit Suisse AG / Neue Aargauer Bank AG.

Based on point 2 of the notice, I hereby formally and irrevocably give my consent to the SFTA that all information and documents requested in the Treaty Process concerning my aforementioned bank account with Credit Suisse AG / Neue Aargauer Bank AG, Switzerland be transmitted to the IRS.

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I note that after receiving this declaration to transmit the required information and documents to the IRS, the SFTA will conclude the Treaty Process as far as this account is concerned.

Yours faithfully, .......................................................................................................................................

(Signature of the Beneficial Owner) Place, Date: ....................................................................................................................

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(Signatures of all Authorized Signatories for the Domiciliary Company) Place, Date: ....................................................................................................................

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