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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

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

Can Spys and Criminals Make Voluntary Disclosures?

A recent article about convicted spy Jonathan Pollard speculated about the effects on his parole if he had an unreported foreign financial account. The simple truth is that Mr. Pollard would be ineligible for the Offshore...more

Justice Department Announces That Three More Swiss Banks Reach Agreements Over Tax Evasion Claims

On July 30, 2015, the Justice Department’s Tax Division announced that three more Swiss banks — PKB Privatbank AG, Falcon Private Bank AG and Credito Privato Commerciale in liquidazione SA (CPC) – have cut deals with the U.S....more

IRS-State Information Sharing Agreements

The IRS published a list of Information Exchange agreements it has with state agencies, a copy of which is available here IRS State Information Exchange Table.pdf The disclosure of this list may help taxpayer's and...more

When the Fifth Amendment Privilege Doesn't Work-Tax Cases

A recent decision of the Third Circuit Court of Appeals illustrates the futility of expecting that the Fifth Amendment Privilege Against Self-incrimination will shield taxpayers from production of offshore financial records. ...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

State Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Laws Surveyed

The IRS and the states have mutual exchange of information agreements. The agreements are often bi-directional, so that state information about audit results, often including sales tax audits, is provided to the IRS just as...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

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

Didn’t File an FBAR? Don’t Panic

As I discussed in a prior blog post, if you have more than $10,000 in a foreign bank account, you are obligated to file Form 114 (commonly known as an FBAR). Failure to make this filing can result in significant civil...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

Two More Banks Reach Resolutions Under Justice Department’s Swiss Bank Program

On June 3, 2015, the Justice Department announced that two more Swiss banks, Rothschild Bank AG and Banca Credinvest SA, reached resolutions under the DOJ Swiss Bank Program. Yesterday’s announcement brings the total Swiss...more

What To Do If You Have Delinquent International Information Tax Returns

A U.S. taxpayer with international holdings and interests may not be fully compliant with U.S. tax reporting obligations even though they have currently reported all foreign source income on their annual tax return, filed...more

Global Tax Enforcement in 2015: What You Need to Know

Tax fraud occurs on a considerable scale that can exceed law enforcement’s ability to detect and punish the conduct. This is true at both the federal and state levels. As of 2015, the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) and the...more

DOJ Announces Four More Swiss Bank Resolutions

Last week, the Justice Department announced that it had reached resolutions with four more Swiss banks under the terms of the DOJ Swiss Bank Program. The latest banks to resolve their U.S. tax issues are the following: ...more

Foreign Banks and Bankers Face New Risks From Swiss Bank Amnesty

The first non-prosecution agreement signals expanded US tax enforcement opportunities at home and abroad. The US Department of Justice (DOJ) has announced the first non-prosecution agreement (NPA) with BSI, SA, (BSI)...more

DOJ Announces First Non-Prosecution Agreement Under the Swiss Bank Program

On March 30, 2015, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that it reached the first non-prosecution agreement under the Swiss bank program with BSI, S.A. (BSI). BSI, one of Switzerland's ten largest banks, has agreed...more

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