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Getting Into Compliance with Your Foreign Account Reporting, Part I

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

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

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

2016 Foreign Bank Account Reports: New Filing Deadline

The U.S. government continues to pursue aggressively individuals and businesses for the failure to report foreign accounts and other non-U.S. assets. In particular, and with limited exceptions, all U.S. individuals and...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!

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

Mental Impairment as a Defense to Civil Penalties

There are severe penalties under the Internal Revenue Code (IRC) and Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) for willful failure to file Information Returns. Examples of Information Return are Report of Foreign Bank Account (FBAR) required...more

New Filing Date for Foreign Bank Account Return

If you have a foreign bank account (or signatory authority on a foreign bank account), you are required to file a Form 114 (commonly called an FBAR) if at any point during the calendar year the combined balance in all of your...more

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

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

Important Dates and Reminders for Investment Advisers, Exempt Reporting Advisers, Commodity Trading Advisors and Commodity Pool...

Investment Advisers - Annual Compliance Reviews - All investment advisers registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) or The Commonwealth of Massachusetts are required to review their compliance...more

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

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

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

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

FBAR Filing Deadline Extended for Certain Filers

On December 16, 2016, FinCEN issued Notice 2016-1, extending the filing deadline for the Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts, FinCEN Form 114 (FBAR), for certain individuals with signature or other authority over...more

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

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

The High Cost of Being Noncompliant with the Internal Revenue Code

The IRS currently offers the following five programs for noncompliant taxpayers: (i) the Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program (OVDP), (ii) Streamlined Domestic Offshore Procedures, (iii) Streamlined Foreign Offshore...more

Filing Deadline Extended for Certain FBAR Filers

Certain individuals who have only signature authority over foreign financial accounts now have until April 15, 2018 to file the Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts....more

¿Sabe usted el propósito de los Procedimientos de Presentación de Cumplimiento Racionalizados?

Procedimientos Racionalizados de Presentación de Cumplimiento (Streamlined Filing Compliance Procedures) es una de las opciones disponibles para los contribuyentes Estadounidenses con activos e ingresos financieros...more

Do you know the purpose of the Streamlined Filing Compliance Procedures?

Streamlined Filing Compliance Procedures (Streamlined) is one of the options available for US Taxpayers with unreported foreign financial assets and income. It is intended for the Taxpayers that have acted non-willfully. ...more

Reckless Indifference Is Enough For Willfullness Finding For Puroses Of FBAR Nonfiling Penalties

A husband and wife had an accounting in Switzerland at UBS AG, into which they deposited commissions from camera sales and also directed some of their international customers to make deposits. In 2007, the tax year at issue,...more

2016 Year-End Estate Planning Advisory

In 2016, we continued to experience a period of relative stability in our federal transfer tax system and have been able to plan without expecting imminent significant changes to the system. Under the American Taxpayer Relief...more

$100 Million FBAR Penalty - Ouch

Taxpayers who fail to file Reports of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts (FBARs) disclosing their non-U.S. accounts can suffer a 50% penalty on the balance of the unreported accounts. In one of the largest penalties I have...more

Tax Evasion - Nowhere Left to Hide

Global tax evasion remains a major problem for governments around the world. At a time when virtually all of the governments from the world’s major economies seek additional revenue, the attractiveness to taxpayers of...more

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

U.S. Citizens Retiring Abroad: “Tax Trigger” Situations and Related Disclosure Forms

The following is a bolded checklist of important situations that may “trigger” a tax review by a skilled United States tax professional. Many of these situations also require a simultaneous review by a foreign tax...more

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