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Overview of IRS Penalties for Individuals with Foreign Bank Accounts and Investments

Earlier this spring, the Internal Revenue Service ("IRS") Large Business and International Division identified several "campaigns" or areas where it plans to focus its audit resources. One campaign involved taxpayers who...more

White Collar Watch (July 2017 • Vol 1, Issue 2)

Welcome to the summer edition of Blank Rome’s White Collar Watch. In a world that seems to bring new challenges daily—such as the global cybersecurity attacks that were launched in late June—this newsletter is designed to...more

IRS Criminal Investigation Division Announces New Priorities

At the ABA Section of Taxation’s 2017 May Meeting, Erick Martinez, the IRS Criminal Investigation Division’s Director of Field Operations – Northern Area, provided insight into the Division’s current priorities and...more

5/19/2017  /  Criminal Investigations , IRS

IRS Announces Plans to Move Forward with Passport Revocation Program

U.S. citizens who owe more than $50,000 in unpaid federal taxes are at substantial risk of having their U.S. passports revoked within the next few months. In December 2015, Congress enacted legislation requiring the IRS to...more

Application of Net Investment Income Tax to Section 453A Interest

Although the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has not directly addressed this matter, interest accruing from installment agreements sales under Internal Revenue Code (IRC) section 453A is likely not included in net investment...more

9th Circuit: Online Poker Accounts Not Reportable on FBAR

On July 21, 2016, the Ninth Circuit in United States v. Hom, No. 14-16214 D.C. No. 3:13-cv-03721-WHA (9th Cir. 2016), determined that a taxpayer who held an online poker account with PokerStars and PartyPoker was not required...more

Congress Passes Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes (Path) Act of 2015, Making Many Tax Extenders Permanent

Action Item: The recently enacted PATH Act contains key tax provisions for businesses and individuals alike, including permanently expanding Section 179 of the Internal Revenue Code; extending the availability of...more

BE-10 Report: The Overlooked International Reporting Form -The June 30 Deadline is Fast Approaching

The Bureau of Economic Analysis (“BEA”), an agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce, is currently conducting a benchmark BE-10 survey that requires the filing of a BE-10 report by any U.S. person that directly or indirectly...more

Offshore Tax Enforcement Update: IRS Unveils Major Changes to Voluntary Disclosure Program

Since the 1970s, U.S. taxpayers with foreign banks accounts have been required to annually report their foreign bank account information to the Department of Treasury on a Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts...more

Offshore Tax Enforcement Update: Foreign Bank Account Disclosure Deadline Is June 2014

The annual deadline for filing FinCEN Form 114, Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts (commonly known as the “FBAR” form), is fast-approaching. Any U.S. taxpayer with a financial interest in, or signature or other...more

6/26/2014  /  FATCA , FBAR , FinCEN , IRS , Popular , Tax Evasion

IRS Releases Bitcoin Guidance; May Have A Chilling Effect On Virtual Currency

Last week, the IRS released IRS Notice 2014-21 (the “Notice”), its first guidance on the income tax treatment of virtual currency, including, bitcoin. A copy of the notice can be obtained at...more

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