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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

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

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

FBAR Penalty to Face Excessive Fines Clause Test

Last week, a federal jury in Miami found that Carl Zwerner had willfully failed to disclose his foreign bank account to the Treasury Department for calendar years 2004, 2005 and 2006. Zwerner now potentially owes the United...more

The Confidential Relationships (Preservation) Law: Confidentiality Legislation in the Cayman Islands

In this guide Harneys considers the scope of the Cayman Islands’ Confidential Relationships (Preservation) Law and the sanctions that apply to contraventions of it. The Cayman Islands government considers the...more

Swiss Financial Institution Pays $4.4 Million and Turns Over 110 Americans

Bloomberg BNA reported on May 9, 2014, that Swisspartners Group resolved a U.S. criminal tax probe by forfeiting $3.5 million and paying $900,000 in restitution for helping U.S. clients evade taxes with secret accounts. ...more

Deadline: Foreign Bank Account Reports Due June 30, 2014

Any U.S. person who has a financial interest in or signature authority over one or more foreign financial accounts with an aggregate value over $10,000 (on any day of the year) must report the accounts to the Treasury...more

Fugitive Swiss Banker Returns to U.S. and Enters Guilty Plea

On April 30, 2014, Josef Dorig, 72, of Switzerland, pleaded guilty in federal district court in Alexandria, Virginia, to a single count of Klein conspiracy: conspiracy to defraud the U.S. by impairing and impeding the IRS....more

Offshore Accounts? IRS is Watching

If you have unreported income from offshore accounts, now may be the best time to come forward and report those earnings; otherwise, you may be susceptible to criminal prosecution. The IRS initially began this...more

FATCA – It’s Here, It’s Not Going To Be Delayed And Action May Be Needed By April 25, 2014. Is Your Fund Ready?

FATCA is the new form of 30% U.S. withholding tax that is applied to U.S. source income, such as interest and dividends paid by U.S. companies, starting as early as July 1, 2014 for payments made to non-U.S. entities that are...more

Senate Hearing Takes Aim on Offshore Tax Evasion

Today, February 26, 2014, the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations will hold a hearing on offshore tax evasion titled “Offshore Tax Evasion: The Effort to Collect Unpaid Taxes on Billions in Hidden Offshore...more

Increased supervision of BVI Real Estate Agents by the FIA

The BVI Financial Investigation Agency (FIA) is presently reviewing the compliance arrangements of real estate agents throughout the jurisdiction to ensure they meet the requirements of the British Virgin Islands’ (BVI)...more

6 Reasons US Taxpayers Should Report Assets Held in Swiss Banks Soon

Initial success of DOJ Swiss bank amnesty program creates greater urgency for US taxpayers. On December 31, 2013, the window to apply for the US Department of Justice’s (DOJ) amnesty program closed for certain Swiss...more

Release of Names With Interests in Offshore Entities: Ramifications

A database containing the names of more than 37,000 people with offshore entities and trusts in 10 tax haven jurisdictions was recently released online, providing a powerful investigative tool for regulators, journalists and...more

Courts are Consistently Ruling that the Act of Production Privilege Will Not Defeat Grand Jury Subpoenas Calling for Foreign Bank...

On December 13, 2013, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit issued its decision in United States of America v. Under Seal. On December 19, 2013, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit issued its...more

FBAR Update

The Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts (FBAR) can no longer be filed on TDF 90-22.1, and must be e-filed on Form 114. This alert summarizes developments involving FBAR e-filing and signature authority. They are...more

FBAR E-Filing and Signature Authority: What You Need to Know

Much has been written about the IRS's dogged pursuit of taxpayers with unreported foreign accounts. These accounts are reported on the Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts (FBAR) when a taxpayer has a financial...more

Federal Court Rejects Efforts to Diminish Measures Aimed at Reducing Offshore Tax Avoidance

As of January 1, 2013, United States banks were required to report to the IRS interest earned by nonresident aliens who are residents of certain foreign countries. The reporting requirement previously existed for accounts...more

Cayman Islands retain Moody's Triple A rating

The Cayman Islands Ministry of Public Finance has reported that the jurisdiction has retained its very high “Aa3” rating from Moody’s, one of the world’s foremost financial rating agencies. Cayman has held this status...more

Guide to the British Virgin Islands Approved Manager Regime

This guide provides an overview of the British Virgin Islands’ Approved Manager regime. The regime came into effect on 10 December 2012 with the Investment Business (Approved Managers) Regulations, 2012 (the “Regulations”)...more

Implications of the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act, FATCA

Protecting domestic revenue is just one of several reasons why G-20 nations are cracking down on tax havens. Other reasons include their desire to track the international flow of funds used for terrorist activity or money...more

Raminfard Guilty Plea Highlights Complexity Of International Tax Compliance, Seriousness Of Violations, Importance Of IRS Offshore...

Los Angeles Businessman, David Raminfard, pleaded guilty on November 4th, 2013 in the Federal District Court in Los Angeles to conspiring to defraud the United States, the Justice Department and Internal Revenue...more

Cayman Islands signs FATCA Agreement with USA

Cayman Islands signed a "Model 1" intergovernmental agreement on FATCA ("IGA"). The United States considers this IGA already to be in effect, despite the need for implementing measures in the Cayman Islands. This IGA is the...more

More Swiss Banks Will Disclose/Cooperate with Offshore Tax Investigations

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) offer of non-prosecution agreements to certain Swiss banks expires December 31, 2013. Swiss banks who know or suspect that they have violated U.S. law, but who are not currently the...more

American Pleads Guilty to Hiding Money in Israeli Bank Accounts

Tax Analysts Tax Notes is reporting that David Raminfard of Los Angeles pleaded guilty on November 4, 2013, in federal court to one count of conspiracy to defraud the United States (Klein conspiracy). ...more

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