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Choose Opt Out Option Wisely in Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program

Since 2009, the Internal Revenue Service has offered a variety of offshore voluntary disclosure programs (collectively, OVDP) under which a U.S. taxpayer can disclose previously undisclosed offshore activities. However, these...more

IRS and DOJ are Reviewing and Scrubbing Offshore Accounts Data to Build Civil and Criminal Cases

During the June 24, 2016 Tax Controversy Conference held at New York University, officials from both the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) emphasized their focus on analyzing the avalanche of...more

Deadline: Foreign Bank Account Reports Due June 30, 2016

Any U.S. person who has a financial interest in or signature authority over one or more foreign financial accounts with an aggregate value over $10,000 (on any day of the year) must report the accounts to the Treasury...more

New Partnership Audit Rules Will Require Amendment of All Partnership Agreements by 2018

On November 2, 2015, Congress passed the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015, Section 1101 of which repeals the long-standing current rules for IRS audits of partnership entities and replaces those rules with a new centralized...more

Passport May Be Revoked If Owing More Than $50,000 in Taxes

On December 4, 2015, the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (the FAST Act) was signed into law. Among other items, the FAST Act gives the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the Department of the Treasury power to...more

Updates on Offshore Financial Account Compliance and Small Business Audit Considerations

Recently, IRS officials, including Commissioner John Koskinen, have stated that the streamlined filing program for the disclosure of previously unreported foreign financial accounts would not last forever and would end at...more

Possible Changes to IRS Audits of High Income Individuals

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is considering increasing the income threshold to identify a taxpayer as being wealthy enough to be audited by the IRS’s High-Income and High-Wealth Strategy Team. The recommendation to do...more

12/13/2015  /  Audits , High Net-Worth , Income Taxes , IRS

Changes in Tax Return and FBAR Due Dates and Extensions

The deadline for filing tax returns and Foreign Bank Account Report (FinCEN Form 114) (FBAR) has been changed by the Surface Transportation and Veterans Health Care Choice Improvement Act of 2015. Below is a brief summary of...more

Innocent Spouse Relief Granted Due to Spousal Abuse Even If Requesting Spouse Had Knowledge of Tax Deficiency

In a recent Tax Court case, innocent spouse relief was granted to a Florida taxpayer to relieve her from over $400,000 in tax deficiency and penalties. Tax Court typically is reluctant to grant innocent spouse relief when the...more

$10,000 in Cash Receipts? Heightened Penalties for Failure to File Form 8300 Within 15 Days

Any person who, in its trade or business, receives cash in the amount of more than $10,000 in a single transaction or a series of related transactions must file Form 8300, Report of Cash Payments Over $10,000, Received in a...more

Cross-Border Activities: Benefits of Filing “Protective” Returns

With the increasing focus by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) on offshore activities, it is important to understand the tax return and information return filing obligations that may be associated with such activities....more

IRS New Guidance Significantly Reduces Maximum FBAR Penalties

To moderate the draconian Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts (FBAR) violation penalties under Title 31 of the U.S. Code, the IRS just published guidance that significantly reduces willful and non-willful FBAR violations....more

June 30 Deadline: Foreign Financial Account and Asset Reporting Obligations

Do you maintain bank accounts outside the U.S.? Do you own any foreign financial assets, such as foreign stock or a loan to a foreign person? If you do, you should be aware that you may have extra reporting obligations to the...more

Innocent Spouse Relief and Recent Guidance

Generally, when you and your spouse file joint income tax returns, the law makes both you and your spouse responsible for the entire tax liability. This is called joint and several liability. Both spouses remain 100 percent...more

DEADLINE: Foreign Bank Account Reports Due June 2015

Any U.S. person who has a financial interest in or signature authority over one or more foreign financial accounts with an aggregate value over $10,000 (on any day of the year) must report the accounts to the Treasury...more

5/18/2015  /  FBAR , Filing Deadlines , FinCEN , U.S. Treasury

IRS’s Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program: Current Streamlined Procedure

U.S. citizens and tax residents are required to report their world-wide income on their federal income tax returns. In addition, these U.S. persons are required, and have been required for some time, to separately report...more

Deadline: Foreign Bank Account Reports Due June 30, 2014

Any U.S. person who has a financial interest in or signature authority over one or more foreign financial accounts with an aggregate value over $10,000 (on any day of the year) must report the accounts to the Treasury...more

Florida Revised Limited Liability Company Act: The Power to Bind the LLC

The new Florida Revised Limited Liability Company Act (the “New Act”) became effective on January 1, 2014 for all limited liability companies (“LLCs”) formed in the State of Florida on or after January 1, 2014. The New Act...more

Florida Revised Limited Liability Company Act: The Operating Agreement

In May, 2013, the Florida legislature passed into law the new Florida Revised Limited Liability Company Act (the “New Act”) which becomes effective on January 1, 2014 for all limited liability companies (“LLCs”) formed in the...more

Florida Revised Limited Liability Company Act: Management

As described generally in our recent article “Florida’s New Revised Limited Liability Company Act”, the Florida legislature passed the new Florida Revised Limited Liability Company Act (the “New Act”) which becomes effective...more

Federal Income Tax Implications of Supreme Court Decision United States v. Windsor

The U. S. Supreme Court’s decision in United States v. Windsor, 570 U.S. ___ (2013) implicates important changes to the interpretation and administration of federal tax laws (including, income, gift and estate taxes). On June...more

Florida’s New Revised Limited Liability Company Act

On June 14, 2013, Governor Rick Scott signed into law the new Florida Revised Limited Liability Company Act (the “New Act”). The New Act is codified in new Chapter 605 of the Florida Statutes and, as of January 1, 2015, will...more

Deadline: Foreign Bank Account Reports Due June 30, 2013

Any U.S. person who has a financial interest in or signature authority over one or more foreign financial accounts with an aggregate value over $10,000 (on any day of the year) must report the accounts to the Treasury...more

Avoiding the Documentary Stamp Tax

Documentary Stamp Tax: Pursuant to §201.02, Florida Statutes, subject only to a few specifically enumerated exceptions beyond the scope of this article, documentary stamp tax is due on instruments conveying an interest in...more

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