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The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has made it clear that it will continue an aggressive practice of prosecuting foreign banks and bank personnel that have materially aided U.S. taxpayers in hiding money offshore. The most...more
Since 2009 there have been three offshore voluntary disclosure programs offered by the IRS. The major difference among the three programs is the FBAR penalty, known as the civil miscellaneous penalty. ...more
For taxpayer’s who had direct or indirect control over offshore financial accounts which aggregated $10,000 or more in calendar year 2012 a Report of Foreign Bank or Financial Account, known as an FBAR (Form TD 90-F. 22.1) is...more
In this presentation:
- Tax Considerations of International Grantmaking in Today’s World
- Recent Developments in International Philanthropy – Best Practices
- Grants to Foreign Charities
The IRS and the Justice Department have increased their efforts regarding criminal investigation of international tax evasion. ...more
In line with our recent coverage of the Internal Revenue Service’s initiatives to pursue illegal offshore tax havens, on May 16, 2013 a Florida couple – Drs. David Leon Fredrick and Patricia Lynn Hough – was indicted by a...more
On February 1, 2013, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin sentenced Arvind Ahuja, a Milwaukee neurosurgeon, to serve three years of probation and to pay a fine of $350,000 following his conviction by...more
On May 13, 2013, the Supreme Court denied a taxpayer’s petition for certiorari regarding the Seventh Circuit’s August 27, 2012, decision applying the Required Records Exception to override the taxpayer’s Fifth Amendment...more
In our most recent discussion of the IRS’s Offshore Enforcement Initiatives, we discussed the John Doe Summons recently issued by the U.S. Department of Justice to Wells Fargo seeking information about First Caribbean...more
The IRS continues to aggressively pursue offshore tax evasion. Another example of which is plan to share tax information with Australia and the United Kingdom....more
On April 30, 2013, the United States Department of Justice issued a “John Doe Internal Revenue Code” summons to Wells Fargo Bank, as a provider of correspondent bank services for Canadian Imperial Bank...more
The first step a taxpayer with undisclosed or unreported offshore accounts or assets undertakes in seeking to enter the Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Initiative (OVDI) is to apply for pre-clearance from the IRS Criminal...more
A New York federal grand jury recently indicted a Swiss lawyer and bank executive for their roles in allegedly assisting US citizens with hiding assets in Swiss bank accounts, allowing the US citizens to evade income taxes....more
Three times over the past four years, the IRS has given taxpayers with undisclosed offshore accounts the opportunity to come clean and avoid prosecution. While the most recent offer – the 2012 Offshore Voluntary Disclosure...more
79 year-old Mary Estelle Curran received good new when she was sentenced for criminal tax evasion and failing to file reports of foreign bank accounts on UBS Swiss accounts she inherited from her husband....more
Taxpayer’s often find themselves facing substantial penalties for failing to file or late payment of income estate or gift tax return. Some taxpayers face enormous penalties for failing to file a Report of Foreign Bank or...more
The Criminal Tax Division of the U.S. Dept of Justice (DOJ)is taking the position that when a taxpayer has “willfully” failed to file a Report of Foreign Bank or Financial Account, an FBAR, and has in addition filed false...more
Argentina signs the OECD Convention, but it does not obtain automatic access to financial information.
On September 13, 2012, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) announced that Argentina...more
June 30 is the deadline for U.S. taxpayers, (including resident aliens) to timely report foreign financial accounts for the year ending 2012. The report form (TD 90-22.1) known as an FBAR is due if a U.S. taxpayer has control...more
As has been widely reported, the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York sentenced Wegelin & Co, the oldest Swiss private bank, to pay an additional $58 million after it admitted to helping wealthy...more
On February 25, 2013, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in the case of Crispin v. Commissioner, ___ F.3d ___, 2013 U.S. App. LEXIS 3852 (3d Cir. 2013), available here, affirmed the decision of the Tax...more
A recent press release should send a shudder to some voluntary disclosure participants. It should frighten some tax preparers and their clients....more
The Internal Revenue Service has had success encouraging taxpayers with offshore accounts to disclose their foreign accounts and pay back taxes. In 2009 and 2011, the IRS announced the Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program...more
Recently, two Israeli banks are reported to have agreed to cooperate in criminal tax investigations being conducted by the Criminal Tax Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. The specific actions allegedly involve a...more
This week, the Treasury Department released the Final Rules for FATCA -- the agency regulations that work to implement and enforce the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act...more
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