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FBAR Penalties Now Adjusted for Inflation: Abatement/Mitigation Still Possible

If you haven’t filed your Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts (FBARs) on a timely basis, you could be at risk of a higher civil penalty assessment. Inflation-adjusted FBAR penalties are now in effect....more

FBAR Penalty Amounts are in the “Best Judgement” of an IRS Examiner

by Foodman CPAs & Advisors on

The Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts (FBAR) is not a tax form. Its filing is not required by the Internal Revenue Code. It is required by Title 31 of the Code of Federal Regulations. Title 31 is the Bank Secrecy...more

2017 OVDP Declines and Withdrawals Campaign: Certain U.S. Taxpayers at Risk of Audit

In 2016, the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) released a report which assessed how well that IRS was managing the Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program (OVDP). OVDP is one of the programs taxpayers...more

IRS Reminds U.S. Taxpayers Living Abroad of Misc. Filing Due Dates and Filings

by Charles (Chuck) Rubin on

In News Release 2017-105, the IRS reminded U.S. taxpayers living abroad: The extended due date, if the taxpayer had his or her tax home and abode abroad on the original due date, is June 15. But interest on taxes runs from...more

Applying Overpayments of Tax to Tax and the Offshore Penalty in the OVDP Program

by Charles (Chuck) Rubin on

The OVDP program allows taxpayers to remedy deficient disclosure filings relating to offshore accounts for a fixed penalty amount. As part of the program, taxpayers must file either original or amended tax returns which...more

Developing a Strategy to Fight FBAR Penalties

by Carlton Fields on

Since 2009, the number of FBAR penalties imposed for failures to report foreign bank accounts and the size of the penalties have both increased dramatically. Originally published in The Tax Advisor....more

IRS Targets Globally-Mobile Individuals and Businesses: The Importance of Proactive Planning

IRS targets globally-mobile individuals and businesses through its Global High Wealth Industry Group and its Large Business and International Division. Targeted taxpayers find these audits distracting, taking time from...more

Government Refuses to Define "willfulness" for FBAR Purposes

by Sanford Millar on

Whether a taxpayer's conduct in failing to report foreign financial accounts is "willful" or "non-willful" makes a huge difference in penalty determination. However the government refuses to publish a definition of...more

Two Important New International Tax Filings

by Charles (Chuck) Rubin on

While not the only international reporting changes that are occurring, there are two significant ones that apply for the current filing season for 2016 returns. First is the FBAR, which reports interests in foreign...more

Choose Opt Out Option Wisely in Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program

Since 2009, the Internal Revenue Service has offered a variety of offshore voluntary disclosure programs (collectively, OVDP) under which a U.S. taxpayer can disclose previously undisclosed offshore activities. However, these...more

IRS Agent Discusses the Look-Back Period for Filing Delinquent International Information Returns

We represent a client who may need to file delinquent international information returns under the IRS Delinquent International Information Return Submission Procedures. These procedures invite taxpayers who meet the...more

Procedural Oversight by IRS Turns Out to Be a Good Weapon for Taxpayers

Good news for taxpayers: a procedural requirement on the IRS’s part that historically had not been strictly enforced has recently risen above the surface. Taxpayers under audit, in particular those litigating in Tax Court,...more

For High-Income and International Taxpayers: Defensive Tax Planning

The Importance of Defensive Tax Planning - IRS audit criteria target high-income taxpayers, especially those with reported foreign income or foreign financial assets. Targeted high income taxpayers include...more

Tax Preparation is NOT a Commodity

by Foodman CPAs & Advisors on

As we approach this year’s tax filing deadline of April 18th, do you think that you have your Tax Return under control? Before you answer yes, take the time to examine and evaluate who is preparing your taxes. Do they have...more

Getting Into Compliance with Your Foreign Account Reporting, Part II

by Moskowitz LLP on

In Part I, we listed some of the penalties associated with the failure to report foreign accounts, and what is widely regarded as the best option for coming into compliance – the Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program (OVDP)....more

Getting Into Compliance with Your Foreign Account Reporting, Part I

by Moskowitz LLP on

With the 2015 release of the “Panama Papers,” roughly 11.5 million documents detailing personal financial information of wealthy individuals and identifying nearly 215,000 offshore entities are now available to government...more

Reporting Foreign Income: Four Common Misconceptions

by Moskowitz LLP on

The U.S. government has stringent reporting requirements when it comes to foreign assets and income, but many people are still not coming into compliance based on some mistaken beliefs. Here are four common misconceptions...more

February 2017: Client Alert

by Moskowitz LLP on

Tax Calendar - February 28 - Payers must file informational returns with the IRS. (Except certain Forms 1099-MISC with non-employee compensation payments in box 7, which are due before February 1. Excluding...more

New Tax Filing Deadlines Affect Unsuspecting LLCs and Partnerships For 2017

Several tax bills passed by Congress late in 2015 changed the deadlines for filing federal income tax returns for partnerships and most limited liability companies, which are treated as partnerships for tax purposes. Other...more

IRS Criminal Investigation Unit (IRS-CI) will find you!

by Foodman CPAs & Advisors on

Due to the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) and the work of IRS special agents, international tax transparency is here. There is virtually nowhere to hide. On 1/18/17, the Department of Justice (DOJ) reported that...more

Reporting A Closely Held U.S. Corporation’s Overseas Activities

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

We have heard a lot about large, publicly-traded U.S. corporations that have parked trillions of dollars overseas to avoid the payment of U.S. income tax. We have heard how the tax system must be seriously broken to have so...more

New Extended Due Dates for Foreign Bank Account Reports (FBAR)

by McNair Law Firm, P.A. on

All U.S. citizens and permanent residents are required to annually file a U.S. income tax return reporting their worldwide income from all sources. Additionally, U.S. citizens and permanent who have an interest in or...more

Reminder: FBARs Due in April Starting This Year

by Charles (Chuck) Rubin on

Until now, the Reports of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts (FBAR) for foreign financial accounts was due on June 30 of each year, for purposes of reporting accounts for the preceding calendar year....more

Enforcement of Foreign Tax Claims

by Sanford Millar on

In many cases we have handled the taxpayers were dual nationals who have not only failed to adequately disclose and report foreign bank account and income to the IRS, but have also failed to report to the other country. This...more

Bankers, Do your US Clients tell you everything that you need to know?

by Foodman CPAs & Advisors on

Given the information publicly revealed by “Panama Papers”, and recent IRS reminders to out-of-compliance US Taxpayers to come into full compliance with their federal tax obligations, it is critical that Bankers and Financial...more

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