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DOJ Tax Division Chief Outlines Enforcement Priorities for 2016

In speech delivered on January 29, 2016, at the American Bar Association’s Tax Section Midyear Meeting, Acting Assistant Attorney General Caroline D. Ciraolo of the Justice Department’s Tax Division recapped her agency’s...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

Caution: Not All Iran Sanctions Were Terminated

U.S. persons, including permanent resident aliens and dual nationals should note that the Lifting of U.S. Sanctions on Iran under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action does not lift all sanctions....more

Game Changer: Losing U.S. Passport for Unpaid Taxes

If you read one thing... - Enacted on December 4, 2015, as part of the FAST Act, a new law provides for the revocation or denial of U.S. passports to individuals with unpaid U.S. federal taxes of more than $50,000,...more

What's Next in Foreign Account Enforcement?

The Department of Justice and the IRS are now mining the wealth of data obtained through settlements (Non-Prosecution Agreements) with almost 100 Swiss banks. The search through the data is methodical....more

Financial Services Weekly News - December 2015 #3

Regulatory Developments - SEC Proposes New Derivatives Rules for Registered Investment Companies and Business Development Companies - On Dec. 11, the SEC proposed new Rule 18f-4 under the Investment Company Act,...more

FinCEN Extends Deadline for Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts Filings

On December 8, FinCEN issued a notice extending the deadline for certain filers to submit the Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts (FBAR) because filers continue to submit questions to FinCEN that require additional...more

What's Your Audit Risk? It Depends!

Taxpayers who are considering one of the Streamline Procedures (Non-resident or Resident) have been advised by the IRS that their returns are subject to the regular audit selection process even though they must identify their...more

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

[Event] Tax Advantaged Strategies for Foreign Source Income and Investments: Required Tax and IRS Reporting - Oct. 28th,...

Join us at Coconut Bay Thai Restaurant & Bar and learn about tax strategies geared towards individuals. Light appetizers and good company will be provided! Topics include: Foreign Investment in US Real Estate ...more

Offshore Accounts Still Focus of IRS Enforcement

The following Notice from the IRS reiterates the enforcement focus on offshore accounts. Anyone with an unreported offshore account needs to consult counsel and discuss, their compliance options under the "attorney-client...more

New Regulations on F Reorganizations

In late September, the IRS issued final regulations describing six requirements for a transaction or series of transactions to qualify as a reorganization under Section 368(a)(1)(F) (an “F reorganization”). The IRS...more

IRS Seeks Identities of Americans with Undisclosed Belize Bank Accounts

Americans with secret accounts in Belize should take notice: the government is looking for you. The U.S. Department of Justice on September 15 filed a petition in federal court in Miami seeking permission to issue summonses...more

Congress Changes FBAR Filing Deadline

On July 31, 2015, President Obama signed into law P.L. 114-41, the Surface Transportation and Veterans Health Care Choice Improvement Act of 2015 (the Act). Despite its name, the Act included a number of tax provisions, one...more

Tax-Savvy Planning for Foreign Business Owners Seeking Temporary U.S. Residence: Alternatives to the EB-5 Visa

The EB-5 Visa program has been widely promoted as a legal basis for foreign business owners to gain conditional residency followed by permanent residency in the United States. The program is a great solution to the...more

FBAR Deadlines Not as Close as You Think: New Tax Bill's Language Points to 2017 as Likely Timetable

Thank you for your interest in the 5th Annual IRS Hot Topic Seminar held in Jerusalem in July. In continuing our efforts to provide timely and extremely important updates on tax matters affecting U.S. citizens and green card...more

FBAR Deadline Will Move to April 15, 2017 for 2016 Year

Beginning with foreign bank account reports (FinCEN Form 114, known as the FBAR) for the 2016 calendar year, FBARs will be due on April 15 of the following year. A six-month extension to October 15 will be available upon...more

Do Recent FBAR Changes Indicate a Softening of the IRS’ Stance Toward Taxpayers with Foreign Financial Accounts?

Bring up the topic of FBARs (Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts) with someone who has foreign financial accounts and the conversation will most likely take a nosedive. With an enforcement regime which can apply...more

A Welcome Change: Congress Finally Conforms FBAR and Tax Return Filing Deadlines

Last week Congress passed, and the President signed, a bill entitled “The Surface Transportation and Veterans Health Care Choice Improvement Act of 2015.” While this legislation was primarily directed at extending federal...more

Congress Sneaks in Some Important Procedural Tax Changes

On July 31, 2015, President Obama signed HR 3236, the "Surface Transportation and Veterans Health Care Choice Improvement Act of 2015." While you wouldn’t know it from the title, Congress included some important procedural...more

New Tax Provisions Affecting Filing Deadlines For Partnerships, Corporations and Trusts (8/15)

On July 31, 2015, President Obama signed into law P.L. 114-41, the "Surface Transportation and Veterans Health Care Choice Improvement Act of 2015." Although this new law was primarily designed as a 3-month stopgap extension...more

Important Tax Provisions Contained in Acts Extending Highway Trust Fund and Trade Preferences

On July 31, 2015, President Obama signed P.L. 114-41, the Surface Transportation and Veterans Health Care Choice Improvement Act of 2015 (“Highway Act”), into law. Although the Highway Act is primarily for the purpose of...more

Highway Funding Bill Includes Significant Changes to Tax Rules

Unexpected changes in FBAR, corporate and partnership returns, and statute of limitations and mortgage reporting tax rules are embedded in funding bill H.R. 3236. When US President Barack Obama extended funding for...more

Tax Law Blog: Deadline Days Shuffle for Many Business Tax Returns

A highway-funding bill passed by the Senate on July 30, 2015, and signed by President Obama on July 31st, contained certain tax provisions that change the due date of tax returns for many businesses. The bill, H.R. 3236,...more

Important Tax Compliance Provisions Included in the Surface Transportation and Veterans Health Care Choice Improvement Act of 2015

On Friday, July 31, 2015, President Barack Obama signed HR 3236, the "Surface Transportation and Veterans Health Care Choice Improvement Act of 2015" (the "Act"). The Act modifies the extended six-year statute of limitations...more

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