Foreign Bank Accounts

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Booking a Meeting? In Venezuela It May Cost You a Rolex

First it was Petrobras but it certainly did not take long for the second shoe to drop for the other corrupt national energy company in Latin America, the Venezuelan national oil company Petróleos de Venezuela, also known as...more

Financial Services Quarterly Report - Third Quarter 2015: Developments in the Luxembourg Financial Sector

The Luxembourg government has brought to Parliament a bill of law transposing UCITS V into Luxembourg’s UCI Law and AIFM Law. Further, the Luxembourg CSSF published a new version of its AIFMD Frequently Asked Questions, among...more

IRS to Amend Certain FATCA Transitional Rules

On September 18, 2015, the IRS issued Notice 2015-66 (the Notice), which provides that the Treasury Department and the IRS intend to amend regulations issued under Sections 1471-1474 of the Internal Revenue Code (commonly...more

US Government Further Relaxes Trade Restrictions with Cuba

However, the new transaction rules leave the embargo largely in effect. Early this week, the Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) and the Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and...more

FATCA: IRS Extends Transitional Rules

On September 18, 2015, the IRS announced its intention to amend the U.S. FATCA regulations to extend the effectiveness of certain transitional rules, including...more

FATCA Update: Institute of International Bankers Submits Comment Letter on FATCA Regulations

The Institute of International Bankers (IIB) has submitted a comment letter (available through Bloomberg BNA here; subscription required) to the Internal Revenue Service addressing various issues arising under the FATCA...more

US Reporter Deadlines for Bureau of Economic Analysis BE-180 Report

Every five years, the US Commerce Department's Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) conducts a survey concerning financial services transactions between US "Financial Services Providers" (defined below) and entities domiciled or...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

IRS Targets a Belize Bank with a “John Doe” Summons

The Internal Revenue Service will now obtain information on U.S. accountholders at a Belize bank – Belize Bank International Limited (“BBIL”) or Belize Bank Limited (“BBL”). Yesterday, the Justice Department announced that a...more

FOS issues micro-enterprises review

FOS has published an insight briefing reviewing the complaints it has received from “micro-enterprises” in connection with financial services. The review examines the types of “micro-enterprise” approaching FOS and the types...more

FBAR Deadlines Not as Close as You Think: New Tax Bill's Language Points to 2017 as Likely Timetable

Thank you for your interest in the 5th Annual IRS Hot Topic Seminar held in Jerusalem in July. In continuing our efforts to provide timely and extremely important updates on tax matters affecting U.S. citizens and green card...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

A Welcome Change: Congress Finally Conforms FBAR and Tax Return Filing Deadlines

Last week Congress passed, and the President signed, a bill entitled “The Surface Transportation and Veterans Health Care Choice Improvement Act of 2015.” While this legislation was primarily directed at extending federal...more

IRS Guidance on FBAR Penalties

On May 13, 2015, the IRS issued interim guidance to its examiners regarding penalties for failure to timely file the Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts (FBAR). By no later than May 13, 2016, this interim guidance...more

BCBS Consults on Proposed Revised Version of General Guide to Account Opening

On July 16, 2015, the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision (BCBS) issued a consultation paper on a proposed revised version of its general guide to account opening. The guide was first published in February 2003. The...more

IRS Issues Last-Minute FBAR Filing Reminder

With the June 30 deadline to file the FBAR form fast approaching, the IRS issued another reminder to taxpayers with bank accounts located outside of the United States. The IRS noted that during 2014, the total number of FBAR...more

IRS New Guidance Significantly Reduces Maximum FBAR Penalties

To moderate the draconian Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts (FBAR) violation penalties under Title 31 of the U.S. Code, the IRS just published guidance that significantly reduces willful and non-willful FBAR violations....more

June 30 Deadline: Foreign Financial Account and Asset Reporting Obligations

Do you maintain bank accounts outside the U.S.? Do you own any foreign financial assets, such as foreign stock or a loan to a foreign person? If you do, you should be aware that you may have extra reporting obligations to the...more

George Carlin and Erga Omnes: the Petrobras Bribery Scandal Expands

On this date in 2008 George Carlin died. If you grew up in the late 1960s or early 1970s and you had anti-parental or anti-establishment inklings, which of course all teenagers do, you knew about George Carlin. In the early...more

How Does the IRS Determine if Conduct is "Willful" or "Non-Willful"?

This Article is a guide for practitioners and taxpayers in deciding whether to apply for the streamline procedures of the IRS's Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program ("OVDP"). The streamline procedures require a certification...more

New Option for Late FBARs – Just File It!

An often overlooked filing obligation is the annual June 30 requirement to file the FBAR form for taxpayers with foreign bank accounts aggregating over $10,000. Late FBARs are a consistent problem and the IRS has a long...more

Foreign Citizen Living In the U.S.? Remember Your FBAR

If you are a foreign citizen that is considered to be a resident for U.S. income tax purposes, you need to be aware that your U.S. tax filing obligation is not limited to the income tax return. U.S. taxpayers (including...more

Delinquent FBAR Reporting and How to Come Forward? Fact and Choice of Method Really Matter!!!

FBARS for 2014 are Due and MUST BE FILED by June 30, 2015 - There are three approaches to coming forward and filing delinquent FBAR's (Report of Foreign Financial Account). They are...more

IRS Reminds Taxpayers with Foreign Assets of Their FBAR/FATCA Obligations As Key Deadline Approaches

Today the Internal Revenue Service issued two public notices reminding taxpayers of their obligations to report foreign assets as the June 30 FBAR deadline fast approaches. Each notice referred to the extensive guidance...more

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