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Can an OVDP Participant Set Aside a Closing Agreement on the Theory of Duress?

It has been just over five years since the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) offered the first of three offshore voluntary disclosure programs for individuals with undisclosed foreign financial accounts. Since the announcement...more

Offshore Tax Enforcement Update: Foreign Bank Account Disclosure Deadline Is June 2014

The annual deadline for filing FinCEN Form 114, Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts (commonly known as the “FBAR” form), is fast-approaching. Any U.S. taxpayer with a financial interest in, or signature or other...more

June 30 Deadline Approaches for Mandatory E-File FBAR Reporting

2014 presents particular challenges with respect to FBAR, the Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts, for certain U.S. persons with interests in or signature authority over assets exceeding $10,000 held outside the...more

Bitcoin Reportability and Taxation

June 30 is the deadline for taxpayers with a connection to foreign financial accounts to file FinCEN Form 114, Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts (FBAR). As this is the first year in which all FBARs must be...more

2013 Foreign Financial Account Reporting Requirements

U.S. citizens or residents who owned, directly or indirectly through an entity, beneficially, or who had power of attorney/signature authority over one or more foreign financial accounts with an aggregate value exceeding...more

FBAR Filing Deadline Approaching

Reports Due by the End of June - Every U.S. person that had a financial interest in, or signature or other authority over, a foreign financial account during 2013 must electronically file with the U.S. Treasury...more

Deadline: Foreign Bank Account Reports Due June 30, 2014

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

Deadlines Coming for Multinationals’ Retirement Plans and U.S. Taxpayers with Foreign Financial Interests

In 2010, the U.S. enacted a sweeping change in enforcement of its tax laws on foreign financial interests, the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA). The main thrust of the act is to penalize foreign financial...more

FBAR Update

The Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts (FBAR) can no longer be filed on TDF 90-22.1, and must be e-filed on Form 114. This alert summarizes developments involving FBAR e-filing and signature authority. They are...more

FinCEN Announces Extension for Certain FBAR Filers

Certain individuals having only signature authority over foreign financial accounts now have until June 30, 2015 to file the Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts....more

FBAR Filing By Third Parties and Spouses

U.S. persons who maintain bank accounts overseas with high balances are required to file the Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts Reports (FBARs) each year. Effective July 1, 2013, all FBARs must be filed electronically using...more

U.S. Department of Treasury Mandates E-Filing of FBAR

Any Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts (IRS Form TD F 90-22.1), the so-called “FBAR,” filed on or after July 1, 2013, must be submitted electronically. Any U.S. citizen or U.S. resident with more than $10,000 U.S....more

FinCEN Introduces New Form For Authorizing FBAR Filing By Spouses And Third Parties

On July 29, FinCEN released a new form for filers who submit Reports of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts (FBARs) jointly with spouses, or who wish to submit them via third-party preparers. ...more

Ropes & Gray’s Private Investment Fund Update: June 2013

Highlights - SEC Updates Form PF "Frequently Asked Questions" - The SEC recently released updated "Frequently Asked Questions" relating to Form PF that, among other things, clarified how Form PF filers should...more

Mandatory Electronic Filing for FBARs Effective July 1, 2013.

June 30, 2013 is the filing due date for 2012 “FBARs,” also known as Form TD F 90-22.1, Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts. If there is a non-willful failure to file, the penalties are up to $10,000. If there is...more

Don't Miss the FBAR Filing Deadline

Despite the Department of the Treasury's Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) publishing final regulations for reporting bank accounts, securities accounts and other financial accounts located in a foreign country on...more

FinCEN Proposes Third-Party Filing Of FBAR Reports

On Mach 5, FinCEN published a notice and request for comment on proposed changes to the Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts Report (FBAR) to standardize it with other BSA electronically filed reports and allow for a third...more

FBAR Filing Deadline Further Extended to June 30, 2014 for Certain Employees and Officers with Signature Authority Over Foreign...

Generally, each U.S. person who has a financial interest in, or signature authority over, one or more foreign financial accounts during a calendar year is required to report those accounts to the Internal Revenue Service...more

FinCEN Extends FBAR Filing Deadline

On December 26, FinCEN issued Notice 2012-2 to extend the deadline for certain filers to submit the Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts (FBAR). FinCEN has extended this deadline several times in the past and the...more

FinCEN Announces Third Extension for Certain FBAR Filers

Certain individuals having only signature authority over foreign financial accounts now have until June 30, 2014, to file the Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts. ...more

2012 Year-End Estate Planning Advisory

Now that the election is over, we anticipate having some guidance soon with respect to the numerous tax and planning issues that have been mired in uncertainty for the past two years. Many tax benefits are scheduled to...more

U.S. Response to Unreported Offshore Income and Assets of U.S. Taxpayers

Since the G-20 meeting on April 2, 2009, there has been a worldwide emphasis on the elimination of bank secrecy through the implementation of tax information exchange agreements ("TIEA") with countries or jurisdictions that...more

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