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If you are an “Expat”, or thinking about “Expatriating”, think about this!

Thinking about giving up your US citizenship pending the results of the Presidential election in November 2016? Concerned because you have been an “Expat” for a long time and have not filed US Tax returns? Just realized that...more

Sonhos Interrompidos - Como uma não conformidade tributária pode destruir o Sonho Americano de imigrantes não registrados - Parte...

Panorama - A Parte I desta série teve enfoque no pesadelo e problema imprevisto de declarações de impostos não apresentadas para imigrantes não registrados. As consequências de "empurrar o problema com a barriga"...more

Broken Dreams - How Tax Non-Compliance Can Destroy the American Dream of Undocumented Immigrants - Part 2

Part I of this series focused on the unforeseen nightmare and problem of unfiled tax returns for undocumented immigrants. The consequences of “kicking the can down the road”, will have significant legal and financial...more

Use of Shell Companies To Shield Identity Further Limited

On July 27, 2016 the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, (FinCEN) of the Department of the Treasury issued expanded Geographic Targeting Orders (GTO) that will...more

Streamline Procedure Risks: Are you really Non-willful?

According to reports in Tax Analysts there have been 54, 000 Offshore Voluntary Disclosure (OVDP) participants 30,000 Streamline Procedure filings. The Streamline Procedure filings are now the subject of intense Department...more

What are the Tax Consequences of BREXIT for U.S. Taxpayers?

Recently, The Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance and Finance published a note titled "The Legal Consequence of Brexit, authored by Simon Witty. We have restated the transactional tax commentary here. We have...more

Hong Kong & Singapore: Awaiting a New DOJ Tax Program for Asian Banks?

As the Department of Justice is wrapping up its prosecution of over a dozen Swiss banks, federal prosecutors and IRS special agents are analyzing a treasure trove of previously undeclared taxpayer account information that...more

IRS Agrees to Increased Enforcement of IRS's Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program

In a report issued to the Internal Revenue Service International Division and Criminal Division, the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) found that taxpayers trying to avoid criminal charges and...more

“Spider Webs”, “Panama Papers” and IRS

IRS has asked involved U.S. taxpayers to come forward before IRS reads and dissects the “Panama Papers”. IRS will “plan how to use the huge trove of leaked documents to catch criminals — and urged Americans to come clean now...more

Don’t Let The I.R.S. Define Your Conduct As Willful, or Else………

Something that most of us don’t realize is that Internal Revenue Service has stated that the taxpayer is responsible to learn IRS requirements within the historic U.S. framework of a voluntary reporting system. The IRS...more

You Skipped OVDP, now the IRS has initiated an Audit

Since 2009, the Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program (OVDP) has been available to Taxpayers who have foreign assets, foreign financial accounts, and foreign source income unreported for U.S. Income Tax and Bank Secrecy Act...more

Panama Papers To Be Released May 9, 2016. Why Does It Matter?

The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) will release perhaps the largest database of private offshore companies and their ultimate owner ever made public. According to the ICIJ...more

As Panama Papers Illustrates, IRS Discovery of Undisclosed Assets Just a Matter of Time

As the recent leak of the "Panama Papers" reminded the world, some secrets don't keep well, particularly those related to undisclosed foreign assets. And once a person's identity is disclosed as a holder of undisclosed...more

Failure to Report Foreign Accounts is Illegal, IRS Warns

Maintaining a foreign bank or other financial account is not illegal. Such accounts are increasingly common, as the globe shrinks. However, in the case of U.S. citizens or residents (and certain non-residents), failing to...more

IRS Changes Streamlined Filing Compliance Procedures for Non-Willfulness Certification Forms

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently modified the non-willfulness certification form that individual taxpayers must submit to enroll in the streamlined filing compliance procedures (SFCP). SFCP is a program offered by...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

Cross-Border Banking and Out-of-this-World Penalties - Dealing with the IRS when you have Foreign Bank Accounts

A United States citizen or resident that owns (or has signatory authority over) an account at a foreign bank with a value in excess of $10,000 annually must file a Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Account (or “FBAR”) with...more

DOJ Tax Division Chief Outlines Enforcement Priorities for 2016

In speech delivered on January 29, 2016, at the American Bar Association’s Tax Section Midyear Meeting, Acting Assistant Attorney General Caroline D. Ciraolo of the Justice Department’s Tax Division recapped her agency’s...more

What's Your Audit Risk? It Depends!

Taxpayers who are considering one of the Streamline Procedures (Non-resident or Resident) have been advised by the IRS that their returns are subject to the regular audit selection process even though they must identify their...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

Offshore Accounts Still Focus of IRS Enforcement

The following Notice from the IRS reiterates the enforcement focus on offshore accounts. Anyone with an unreported offshore account needs to consult counsel and discuss, their compliance options under the "attorney-client...more

Internal Revenue Service Issues Stern Warning To Non-Compliant Taxpayers With Offshore Holdings

Just one day after the October 15 deadline for filing personal income tax returns on extension, the Internal Revenue Service issued a strongly-worded warning to non-compliant taxpayers: take action now to fix your problem, or...more

Justice Department Focusing on Offshore Account

At a recent tax conference a senior Justice Department official reaffirmed the commitment of the U.S. Department of Justice to continue offshore enforcement efforts. As is widely reported the official stated...more

It's Here; The Automatic Exchange of Information Under FATCA Began September 30th

The IRS has announced that as of September 30, 2015 it will implement the automatic exchange of tax information as set forth in the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act, (FATCA). The IRS Commissioner in announcing the...more

FATCA Update: Treasury Relaxes September 30 Deadline for Model 1 IGA Jurisdictions to Exchange Tax Information

With less than two weeks remaining until many countries are required to exchange tax information with the U.S. pursuant to the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA), the U.S. has agreed to provide partner jurisdictions...more

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