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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

Failure to Report Foreign Accounts is Illegal, IRS Warns

Maintaining a foreign bank or other financial account is not illegal. Such accounts are increasingly common, as the globe shrinks. However, in the case of U.S. citizens or residents (and certain non-residents), failing to...more

IRS Changes Streamlined Filing Compliance Procedures for Non-Willfulness Certification Forms

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently modified the non-willfulness certification form that individual taxpayers must submit to enroll in the streamlined filing compliance procedures (SFCP). SFCP is a program offered by...more

When Offshore Asset Protection Fails

What happens when The IRS attacks your offshore asset protection plan? The simple answer is you may face a variety of civil and criminal investigations and penalties. What constitutes an offshore asset protection plan?...more

Reasonable Cause and Record Reconstruction

Individuals suffering from mental illness or the effects of substance abuse may have a "reasonable cause" for penalty relief. Example, an individual who is suffering from chronic drug dependency who may have been in and out...more

Proposed FBAR Regulations Expand Filing Exemption and Reporting Requirements

As reported in our prior client alerts, the Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts, FinCEN Form 114 (FBAR), must be filed by a U.S. person that holds a financial interest in, or signature or other authority over, a...more

Cross-Border Banking and Out-of-this-World Penalties - Dealing with the IRS when you have Foreign Bank Accounts

A United States citizen or resident that owns (or has signatory authority over) an account at a foreign bank with a value in excess of $10,000 annually must file a Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Account (or “FBAR”) with...more

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

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

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

[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

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 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

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

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

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

IRS-State Information Sharing Agreements

The IRS published a list of Information Exchange agreements it has with state agencies, a copy of which is available here IRS State Information Exchange Table.pdf The disclosure of this list may help taxpayer's and...more

When the Fifth Amendment Privilege Doesn't Work-Tax Cases

A recent decision of the Third Circuit Court of Appeals illustrates the futility of expecting that the Fifth Amendment Privilege Against Self-incrimination will shield taxpayers from production of offshore financial records. ...more

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