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El FBAR y La Declaración de Impuestos Se Sincronizan

La presentación de la declaración de impuestos (el 15 de Abril para los individuos) y el formulario de FinCEN -Informe 114, conocido como FBAR (el 30 de Junio para todos los contribuyentes) no estaban alineadas, y no existía...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

Online Poker: A New Way to Bank?

In light of Tax Day (note that it’s on the 18th of April this year due to a holiday on the 15th) we want to point out a curious ramification from a federal case concerning online gambling, tax reports, and foreign...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

FinCEN Proposes Revised FBAR Rules

On March 1, 2016, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) proposed rules that would revise and clarify certain provisions regarding the filing of Reports of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts (FBAR). The rules, if...more

FBAR Proposed Regulations Expand Both Filing Exemption and Reporting

On March 1, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) issued proposed regulations that revise and clarify certain provisions in the rules regarding the filing of Reports of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts (FBAR)....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

IRS and DOJ Use a New Method to Defeat Taxpayers’ Fifth Amendment Argument Against Turning Over Foreign Account Records

At virtually every turn, courts have ruled against taxpayers who have asserted their Fifth Amendment privilege against self-incrimination to avoid turning over foreign account records to the government, citing the “Required...more

FinCEN Proposes Anti-Money Laundering and Suspicious Reporting Rules for Registered Investment Advisers

On August 25, 2015, the US Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) proposed rules that would require registered investment advisers to adopt anti-money laundering (AML) programs and report...more

Snowden is Only Part of the Disclosure Story

Edward Snowden may have brought attention to telephonic (voice and data) intelligence agencies both U.S and others, but I speculate that his revelations most likely have not changed the bulk of non-criminal or terrorist...more

Bad Bad, Bad Penalty, Bad OVDP Policy

There are now 50 foreign financial institutions on the IRS list of "bad banks" The list is published at the following link...more

IRS Will Extend Some FATCA Transition Rules

In new Notice 2015-66 the IRS said it plans to amend FATCA regulations to reduce certain collateral restrictions on grandfathered obligations and extend the following transition rules: (1) the date for when withholding on...more

Giving Up U.S. Citizenship - Estate and Gift Tax Traps

It may be a common misunderstanding that a U.S. citizen or permanent resident (Green Card holder) can give up their citizenship or surrender their Green Card and then as a non-U.S. taxpayer make gifts or pass their estate to...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

FATCA Update: Confidentiality of Information Transmitted to IRS; Announcement of “More Favorable” IGA Terms; and More IGAs

The month of July has seen several significant developments regarding implementation of the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA), which has been fully effective since July 1, 2014. First, the IRS Office of Chief...more

Two More Swiss Banks Reach Resolutions with U.S. Government

Today the Justice Department announced that Société Générale Private Banking (Suisse) SA (SGPB-Suisse) and Berner Kantonalbank AG (BEKB), have reached resolutions under the department’s Swiss Bank Program. With today’s...more

June 30, 2015 Filing Deadline Approaches to Report Foreign Financial Accounts

Individuals and organizations with a financial interest in or signature authority over a foreign financial account, in which the aggregate value of the accounts exceeded $10,000 at any point in 2014, may need to file FinCEN...more

Update on IRS Treatment of Civil FBAR Penalties: A Move Toward Fairness

Recently, the IRS released an internal memorandum to employees providing interim guidance on FBAR (Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts) penalties. It reminds IRS examiners that when they assert FBAR penalties, the...more

2014 Foreign Financial Account Reporting Requirements

U.S. citizens or residents who owned, directly or indirectly through an entity, beneficially or who had power of attorney/signature authority over one or more foreign financial accounts with an aggregate value exceeding...more

Delinquent International Information Tax Returns May Extend the Statute of Limitations on Your Entire Federal Tax Return

More and more, U.S. taxpayers are becoming aware of their federal tax reporting obligation for foreign financial accounts, interests and assets. With increased IRS enforcement, broader media coverage of international tax...more

Foreign Account Holders: Don’t Forget to File Your FBARs by the June 30th Deadline

Now that the April 15th deadline has passed and tax season is over, most taxpayers can breathe a sigh of relief. At least for another year. For others with overseas financial accounts and interests, one more reporting hurdle...more

FBAR Filing Deadline Approaching

Reports Due by the End of June - Every U.S. person that had a financial interest in, or signature or other authority over, a foreign financial account during 2014 must electronically file with the U.S. Treasury...more

IRS Clarifies Requirements for Establishing Non-Willful Conduct in Offshore Disclosure Cases

Voluntary disclosure programs exist for taxpayers that are not in compliance with their tax and information reporting obligations with respect to foreign bank accounts and assets. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently...more

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