Foreign Bank Account Report

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2016 Year-End Estate Planning Advisory

In 2016, we continued to experience a period of relative stability in our federal transfer tax system and have been able to plan without expecting imminent significant changes to the system. Under the American Taxpayer Relief...more

$100 Million FBAR Penalty - Ouch

Taxpayers who fail to file Reports of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts (FBARs) disclosing their non-U.S. accounts can suffer a 50% penalty on the balance of the unreported accounts. In one of the largest penalties I have...more

Tax Evasion - Nowhere Left to Hide

Global tax evasion remains a major problem for governments around the world. At a time when virtually all of the governments from the world’s major economies seek additional revenue, the attractiveness to taxpayers of...more

De-Risking 101

Bank Secrecy Act of 1970 - Requires U.S. financial institutions to assist U.S. government agencies to detect and prevent money laundering by keeping records of cash purchases of negotiable instruments, and file reports...more

U.S. Citizens Retiring Abroad: “Tax Trigger” Situations and Related Disclosure Forms

The following is a bolded checklist of important situations that may “trigger” a tax review by a skilled United States tax professional. Many of these situations also require a simultaneous review by a foreign tax...more

Sonhos Interrompidos - Como uma não conformidade tributária pode destruir o Sonho Americano de imigrantes não registrados - Parte...

Panorama - A Parte I desta série teve enfoque no pesadelo e problema imprevisto de declarações de impostos não apresentadas para imigrantes não registrados. As consequências de "empurrar o problema com a barriga"...more

A Bank is a Bank

Do you remember when I wrote about how a federal district court had ruled that an online poker account was akin to a bank account and should therefore be subject to FBAR reporting? It seemed nonsense to me at the...more

Will the Panama Papers Lead to Criminal Charges Against U.S. Taxpayers?

The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ), collaborating with German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung, in spring 2016 began leaking approximately 11 million internal documents obtained without permission...more

Broken Dreams - How Tax Non-Compliance Can Destroy the American Dream of Undocumented Immigrants - Part 2

Part I of this series focused on the unforeseen nightmare and problem of unfiled tax returns for undocumented immigrants. The consequences of “kicking the can down the road”, will have significant legal and financial...more

9th Circuit: Online Poker Accounts Not Reportable on FBAR

On July 21, 2016, the Ninth Circuit in United States v. Hom, No. 14-16214 D.C. No. 3:13-cv-03721-WHA (9th Cir. 2016), determined that a taxpayer who held an online poker account with PokerStars and PartyPoker was not required...more

The Administrative Procedure Act - Challenging FBAR Penalties

Over the past 10 years, thousands of U.S. taxpayers with a wide variety of circumstances have been forced to pay extraordinarily high penalties for failure to disclose foreign bank accounts. For years, tax experts said that...more

Streamline Procedure Risks: Are you really Non-willful?

According to reports in Tax Analysts there have been 54, 000 Offshore Voluntary Disclosure (OVDP) participants 30,000 Streamline Procedure filings. The Streamline Procedure filings are now the subject of intense Department...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

IRS Agrees to Increased Enforcement of IRS's Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program

In a report issued to the Internal Revenue Service International Division and Criminal Division, the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) found that taxpayers trying to avoid criminal charges and...more

Is Mental Incapacity a Defense to Tax Penalties and FBAR Penalties?

The Tax Crimes Handbook of the Office of Chief Counsel, Criminal Tax Division of the Internal Revenue Service defines "Willfulness” as follows: "[a] Willfulness is defined as the "voluntary, intentional violation of a...more

El FBAR y La Declaración de Impuestos Se Sincronizan

La presentación de la declaración de impuestos (el 15 de Abril para los individuos) y el formulario de FinCEN -Informe 114, conocido como FBAR (el 30 de Junio para todos los contribuyentes) no estaban alineadas, y no existía...more

The FBAR and Tax Return are now in Sync!

The filing of the tax return (April 15 for individuals) and Report FinCEN Form 114, known as FBAR (June 30 for all taxpayers) were not aligned, and that there wasn’t an extension available for the FBAR. This disconnect is...more

FinCEN Extends Filing Deadline for Certain FBAR Filers

Certain individuals who have only signature authority over foreign financial accounts now have until April 15, 2017 to file the Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts....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

FBAR: 2015 Reports Due by June 30, 2016

Every U.S. person (including both individuals and entities, as discussed below) that had a financial interest in, or signature or other authority over, one or more foreign financial accounts during 2015 must electronically...more

Don’t Let The I.R.S. Define Your Conduct As Willful, or Else………

Something that most of us don’t realize is that Internal Revenue Service has stated that the taxpayer is responsible to learn IRS requirements within the historic U.S. framework of a voluntary reporting system. The IRS...more

Foreign Bank Account Reports Due June 30

U.S. Taxpayers who directly or indirectly controlled foreign financial accounts in 2015 are reminded that the deadline to file a Report of Foreign Financial Account (FBAR) FinCEN Form 114 is June 30. Taxpayers with unfiled...more

You Skipped OVDP, now the IRS has initiated an Audit

Since 2009, the Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program (OVDP) has been available to Taxpayers who have foreign assets, foreign financial accounts, and foreign source income unreported for U.S. Income Tax and Bank Secrecy Act...more

As Panama Papers Illustrates, IRS Discovery of Undisclosed Assets Just a Matter of Time

As the recent leak of the "Panama Papers" reminded the world, some secrets don't keep well, particularly those related to undisclosed foreign assets. And once a person's identity is disclosed as a holder of undisclosed...more

Private Eyes They’re Watching You – Offshore Planning after the Panama Papers

Overview - If you have been reading my articles on JD Supra for a while, you will know that I love Afro-Cuban and Brazilian music. Nevertheless, the Hall and Oates song Private Eyes, is a more fitting song to describe...more

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