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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

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

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

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

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

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

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