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FATCA, FCPA, AML and OFAC allow the US to regulate the world. But what does it really mean?

In the current environment of increased regulation, transparency, reporting and heightened compliance standards, the US and its Government Agencies have an arsenal of tools with extraterritorial application. ...more

Cumplimiento Fiscal Internacional

Detectar, disuadir y responder al incumplimiento internacional son desafíos clave que enfrentan las autoridades tributarias de todo el mundo. El incumplimiento fiscal internacional es un problema significativo reconocido por...more

Are you a Taxpayer identified by IRS for not Reporting Offshore Financial Assets?

Taxpayers with unreported foreign financial assets and income run the risk of having the Government determine if their conduct was willful or non-willful. The definition of “Willful" or "non-willful” in Taxpayer’s conduct...more

Here is what you need to know about a Domestic Voluntary Disclosure (DVD)

DVD can be an option for a Taxpayer without foreign financial accounts or foreign financial issues. It is a choice for Taxpayers that are out of domestic compliance, want to come into compliance and inoculate as much as...more

Did you know that Form 8938 filing obligations apply to Specified Domestic Entities?

A US Person that owns US entities like corporations or partnerships that conduct cross-border business may have a Form 8938 (Statement of Specified Foreign Financial Assets) filing obligation. IRS defines Specified...more

Law Enforcement can Follow the Money thanks to the Fifth Pillar of the Final CDD Rule

Under the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA), the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) issued a “Fifth Pillar” of the Final Customer Due Diligence (CDD) Rule on May 2016. The covered financial institutions (Banks; Brokers or...more

Why you need EXPERT ADVICE if you have a PFIC and you are out of Compliance!

Taxpayers need to rely on the expert professional advice of a tax specialist for the treatment of Passive Foreign Investment Companies (PFICs) during Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program (OVDP) reporting. PFIC computations...more

Is your Bookkeeper the Right One?

Bookkeepers are by practical definition business multi-taskers. They keep financial records, post debits and credits, prepare reports, execute banking transactions, act as collectors for overdue accounts, work with clients...more

IRS is Looking more like a “Self-Serve” Financial Provider while still Targeting Collections

Since 2011, IRS has undergone $900 million in budget cuts and has reduced its number of auditors by approximately 25%. Nonetheless, IRS has its eye on the “collections” ball. The Agency has recently benefited from...more

6/26/2017  /  Income Taxes , IRS , Tax Debt , Tax Liability

FBAR Penalty Amounts are in the “Best Judgement” of an IRS Examiner

The Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts (FBAR) is not a tax form. Its filing is not required by the Internal Revenue Code. It is required by Title 31 of the Code of Federal Regulations. Title 31 is the Bank Secrecy...more

Indications of Misappropriation Schemes

Misappropriation is the use of property or funds of another person for an unauthorized purpose and is classified as a felony. In misappropriation, the perpetrator steals or misuses an organization’s belongings and resources;...more

Do You know that the US might have a Tax Sharing Information Agreement with your Country?

The US has Tax treaties and Tax Information Exchange Agreements (TIEAs) with certain countries that provide, upon request, for the exchange of U.S. income information regarding their citizens or residents. There are...more

Is IRS really knocking at your door?

Generally, IRS sends a letter or a notice via regular mail notifying a Taxpayer of a potential visit. Nonetheless, IRS may also show up unannounced at the Taxpayer’s home or place of business....more

Traps for the Unwary: Are Financial Institution receiving adequate FATCA consulting and training?

FATCA is Chapter 4 of the Internal Revenue Code (IRC). It conscripts Foreign Financial Institutions (FFIs) to act as reporting and withholding agents for the U.S. Government. To enforce its conscription, it contains a...more

US Banks wanting to be ahead of the FATCA game must master international tax compliance

The terms FDAP (Fixed, Determinable Annual and Periodical Income) and ECI (Effectively Connected Income) are expansive terms. They are the backbone behind the tax withholding, and reporting requirements imposed on US Banks...more

Employee Business Expenses must be Ordinary and Necessary

Employees may be able to deduct their work related expenses as an itemized deduction. These expenses must be unreimbursed expenses that are ordinary and necessary to their work as an employee. According to IRS, an ordinary...more

Debit cards, Offshore Funds and a John Doe Summons

IRS remains committed to its priority efforts to stop offshore tax evasion wherever it occurs. It pursues cases in all jurisdictions of the world. Over the years, numerous individuals have been identified as evading US...more

Colombia criminaliza la evasión fiscal

El 12/29/2016, el Congreso de Colombia aprobó la "Ley 1819 de 2016". La nueva legislación es una reforma tributaria estructural encaminada principalmente a aumentar los ingresos para Colombia....more

Colombia criminalizes Tax Evasion

On 12/29/2016, Colombia’s Congress approved “Law 1819 of 2016”. The new legislation is a structural tax reform primarily aimed at increasing revenues for Colombia. Colombia suffered a loss of revenues when crude oil...more

Is your Tax Preparer qualified to do your Return? Beware of Tax Preparers without a Preparer Tax Identification Number (PTIN) or...

Do you think that you have hired the right Tax Preparer to prepare your Taxes? Tax Season is here and many Tax Preparers portray themselves as “Qualified”. Tax Preparers have different levels of skills, education and...more

Tax Preparation is NOT a Commodity

As we approach this year’s tax filing deadline of April 18th, do you think that you have your Tax Return under control? Before you answer yes, take the time to examine and evaluate who is preparing your taxes. Do they have...more

The Value of Forensic Accounting Goes Beyond the Courtroom

Forensic Accountants play an integral role in the changing landscape of today’s business management and oversight. Successful business owners prepare for the possibility of malware attacks, internal fraud, lawsuits,...more

IRS will not Quit

Voluntary compliance is the foundation of our US tax system. Taxpayers determine the correct amount of their tax and complete appropriate returns, rather than the Government determine their tax for them. According to the...more

Stay out of TROUBLE: Make sure your CPA is asking you the right QUESTIONS regarding Foreign Accounts!

US International tax is complicated. It often overwhelms US Taxpayers. That is why an international tax specialist CPA is the best choice for the work. Nonetheless, many Taxpayers seek the help of tax return preparers...more

IRS Criminal Investigation Unit (IRS-CI) will find you!

Due to the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) and the work of IRS special agents, international tax transparency is here. There is virtually nowhere to hide. On 1/18/17, the Department of Justice (DOJ) reported that...more

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