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IRS Updates Streamlined Certification Forms; Narrative Explanation Is Mandatory

The Internal Revenue Service has recently updated the certification forms required to be filed by taxpayers seeking to avail themselves of the Streamlined Filing Compliance Procedures. The streamlined program was...more

When Do Non-U.S. Citizens Pay Income Tax And Report Foreign Financial Accounts?

In a series of Frequently Asked Questions releases December 31, 2014, The Congressional Research Service provides some guidance on when non-U.S. citizens may be subject to U.S. income taxes....more

Should You Participate in the IRS Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program?

2014 marked a significant increase in the enforcement efforts by the IRS and Department of Justice against non-compliant U.S. taxpayers who failed to report their off-shore bank accounts and earnings.  Grand Jury proceedings...more

The Death Of Hidden Offshore Accounts

The future for offshore tax planning, also known as “aggressive tax planning” is likely to be limited to if not curtailed by the global exchange of information agreement signed in October, 2014 by 51 countries and growing....more

Financial Services Weekly News Roundup - December 2014 #3

Amendment to Swaps Push-out Provision of Dodd-Frank: Section 630 of the recently passed Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015 (“Omnibus Spending Bill” – see p. 249) amends Section 716 of the Dodd-Frank...more

Happy Holidays – There is a Budget Deal, Now Look Out

The just passed budget deal known as Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015 contains a reduction in funding for the IRS. The Bill provides a reduction in total IRS funding of $346 million less than last...more

Informal Surrender Of Green Card Doesn’t Work

The recent decision of the U.S.Tax Court, in Gerd Topsnik, (2014) makes it clear that an “informal” surrender of a Green Card, while recognized under immigration laws is not recognized for tax purposes....more

Wegelin & Co. Account Holder Sentenced to Prison Term

On October 30, 2014, a federal judge in Manhattan handed down a three-month prison sentence to an individual who maintained more than $1 million in a secret bank account at Wegelin & Co. in Switzerland. Viktor Kordash, of...more

IRS Modifies Offshore Filing Procedures

The IRS has issued FAQs relating to the new streamlined procedures for offshore compliance, and for Delinquent International Information Return Submission Procedures....more

Treasury Makes Life Easier for Holders of Canadian Retirement Account Interests

Treasury automates the process for U.S. taxpayers making an election to defer taxation of Canadian RRSPs and RRIFs and to eliminate some information reporting requirements as to those accounts. ...more

Forensic Accountant and Certified Fraud Examiner Pleads Guilty to Concealing UBS Account

On October 3, 2014, according to a U.S. Attorney’s Office press release and court records, Howard Bloomberg, a forensic accountant and certified fraud examiner, pleaded guilty to one count of failure to file an FBAR reporting...more

DOJ Continues to Prosecute Those Who Fail to File FBARs to Disclose Offshore Accounts

Howard Bloomberg, a forensic account and certified fraud examiner of Atlanta, Georgia, pleaded guilty on Friday to failing to file a Foreign Bank Account Report (FBAR) for the year 2008. Mr. Bloomberg opened a bank account at...more

Offshore Voluntary Discloure; Is it too late

September 15, 2014 is an important for taxpayer who maintained accounts at any of 106 Swiss banks (participating banks) that are participating in the Department of Justice non-prosecution program. Here is why....more

Streamline Procedure-What does non-willful mean?

In order to use the Streamline Procedures (domestic and non-resident) a U.S. taxpayer must certify that their failure to file a timely FBAR was non-willful. The term non-willful is essentially a “clinical” conclusion based...more

International Tax Compliance Update: Renouncing U.S. Citizenship to Avoid Taxes: Is It Worth It?

As we have reported previously in recent years the United States has intensified its efforts to force United States persons to disclose assets they hold and income they earn abroad. Two prominent examples of these efforts are...more

Part VI – Willful Or Non-Willful Offshore Omissions & Conclusion

Below is Part 6 and the conclusion of my partner, Rick Josepher’s, analysis of the new offshore enforcement environment in light of the new 2014 Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Procedures....more

Part V - Minimizing Risk Of Criminal Prosicution By Meeting Requirements For A Voluntary Discover In IRM 9.5.11.9

Below is Part 5 of my partner, Rick Josepher’s, analysis of the new offshore enforcement environment in light of the new 2014 Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Procedures....more

Tax Talk -- Volume 7, No. 2 -- July 2014

In This Issue: - As FATCA Begins, IRS Rolls out Withholding Forms, Increases IGA Count - IRS Issues Final Circular 230 Rules Simplifying Written Tax Advice Requirements - Mortgage CCA Raises More...more

Streamline Certification Advice

Effective July 1, 2014 new Streamline Procedures for voluntary disclosures may provide some taxpayers the opportunity to pay a substantially reduced or no penalty FBAR penalty depending upon whether they are domestic or...more

Part 3 – The Delinquent FBAR Submission Procedures

Below is Part 3 of my partner, Rick Josepher’s, analysis of the new offshore enforcement environment in light of the new 2014 Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Procedures....more

IRS Announces Changes to the Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program

As you may have read, the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) recently announced changes to its offshore voluntary disclosure programs and announced new options for taxpayers to come into compliance with their U.S. tax...more

Part 2 - The IRS’ New 2014 Offshore Volunteer Disclosure Procedures

Below is Part 2 of my partner, Rick Josepher’s, analysis of the new offshore enforcement environment in light of the new 2014 Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Procedures. To view this Part, and all prior parts, in PDF format...more

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

False Foreign Gift Claims and Wire Fraud

A scheme that some dual national taxpayers have used involves claiming exemption from foreign jurisdiction taxation because they are U.S. taxpayers and then not reporting the offshore account or its income as required by U.S....more

Offshore Asset Reporting: Rules, Enforcement, and Options for Compliance

In this presentation: -Overview: Reporting Regimes for Offshore Assets -Department of the Treasury: Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts (FBAR) -Form 8938, Statement of Specified Foreign...more

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