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False Foreign Gift Claims and Wire Fraud

A scheme that some dual national taxpayers have used involves claiming exemption from foreign jurisdiction taxation because they are U.S. taxpayers and then not reporting the offshore account or its income as required by U.S....more

IRS Identifies ‘Attorneys-in-Fact’ as Potentially Required to File Under the Foreign Bank Account Reporting Rules

Most United States persons who have foreign financial accounts are aware that they must file an annual report to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) with respect to these accounts. Less well known, however, is that individuals...more

Council of EU Publishes UK Issues Paper on MLD4

On November 24, the Council of the European Union published a note (dated November 8, 2013) from the Council Presidency to Council Delegations which includes a UK issues paper on the fourth Money Laundering Directive (MLD4)....more

Elder Financial Abuse: Prevention and Remedies

I have written about elder financial abuse, and I will keep writing about it until stops. It is unfathomable to me that schemes to defraud the elderly are so pervasive. These seniors are attractive targets for financial...more

IRS Announces Information Sharing Agreement With Australia And The UK To Combat Tax Evasion

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

Elder Financial Abuse

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is involved in providing financial protection against elder abuse; indeed, it is specifically tasked with that responsibility. The Bureau's Office of Older Americans is charged by the...more

Divorce can be costly, especially when it reveals undisclosed foreign assets. [Video]

Divorce is one of the major triggers that ends up revealing foreign assets. And the problem for divorcing couples is even if they agree on the division of assets, it can be difficult if not illegal, to try and do it...more

IRS Announces New Voluntary Disclosure Program for Offshore Accounts and Assets

On January 9, 2012, the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) reopened an Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Initiative (“OVDI”) to give U.S. taxpayers with offshore accounts a third opportunity to disclose such accounts, pay any taxes...more

IRS Announces New Voluntary Disclosure Program for Offshore Accounts and Assets

On January 9, 2012, the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) reopened an Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Initiative (“OVDI”) to give U.S. taxpayers with offshore accounts a third opportunity to disclose such accounts, pay any taxes...more

More IRS Offshore Penalties May be Coming!

Taxpayers with certain foreign held assets will be required to describe those assets on a new form which must be attached to their 2011 Form 1040 individual income tax returns. The new form, still in draft format is Form...more

CROSS-BORDER TAXATION - IRS Tax Amnesty For Failure To Report Foreign Accounts About To Expire

Picture the following ....... A young man born in the United States, while vacationing in Canada, meets and falls in love with a Canadian woman. They get married and thereafter make their home in Vancouver, Canada, for the...more

Offshore Tax Penalties May Be Lowered

The latest IRS amnesty program that gives you the chance to declare your previously undeclared offshore assets to the IRS is on now through August 31. But this latest IRS program is less tolerant of the fact that it would...more

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