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Are you a Taxpayer identified by IRS for not Reporting Offshore Financial Assets?

by Foodman CPAs & Advisors on

Taxpayers with unreported foreign financial assets and income run the risk of having the Government determine if their conduct was willful or non-willful. The definition of “Willful" or "non-willful” in Taxpayer’s conduct...more

Do Not Expect Anonymity from Virtual Currency

by Sanford Millar on

There is a widely held misconception that using virtual currency such as BitCoin assure the users that their transaction is anonymous. For this reason virtual currency is used to move money from countries with currency...more

Overview of IRS Penalties for Individuals with Foreign Bank Accounts and Investments

by Blank Rome LLP on

Earlier this spring, the Internal Revenue Service ("IRS") Large Business and International Division identified several "campaigns" or areas where it plans to focus its audit resources. One campaign involved taxpayers who...more

Why you need EXPERT ADVICE if you have a PFIC and you are out of Compliance!

by Foodman CPAs & Advisors on

Taxpayers need to rely on the expert professional advice of a tax specialist for the treatment of Passive Foreign Investment Companies (PFICs) during Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program (OVDP) reporting. PFIC computations...more

FBAR Penalty Amounts are in the “Best Judgement” of an IRS Examiner

by Foodman CPAs & Advisors on

The Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts (FBAR) is not a tax form. Its filing is not required by the Internal Revenue Code. It is required by Title 31 of the Code of Federal Regulations. Title 31 is the Bank Secrecy...more

2017 OVDP Declines and Withdrawals Campaign: Certain U.S. Taxpayers at Risk of Audit

In 2016, the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) released a report which assessed how well that IRS was managing the Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program (OVDP). OVDP is one of the programs taxpayers...more

ICAP: It's Not a TRAP

by Alston & Bird on

An IRS official recently stated that the United States will participate this fall along with several other countries in a pilot of the “international compliance assurance program (ICAP). ICAP is a “tax risk assessment...more

IRS Announces Tax Audit Targets

Over the past several years, IRS has reduced the number of its tax auditors by about 25 percent – from just over 12,000 tax auditors in 2011 to about 9,000 tax auditors in 2015. This staffing reduction has forced IRS to focus...more

Applying Overpayments of Tax to Tax and the Offshore Penalty in the OVDP Program

by Charles (Chuck) Rubin on

The OVDP program allows taxpayers to remedy deficient disclosure filings relating to offshore accounts for a fixed penalty amount. As part of the program, taxpayers must file either original or amended tax returns which...more

Developing a Strategy to Fight FBAR Penalties

by Carlton Fields on

Since 2009, the number of FBAR penalties imposed for failures to report foreign bank accounts and the size of the penalties have both increased dramatically. Originally published in The Tax Advisor....more

Choose Opt Out Option Wisely in Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program

Since 2009, the Internal Revenue Service has offered a variety of offshore voluntary disclosure programs (collectively, OVDP) under which a U.S. taxpayer can disclose previously undisclosed offshore activities. However, these...more

IRS Agent Discusses the Look-Back Period for Filing Delinquent International Information Returns

We represent a client who may need to file delinquent international information returns under the IRS Delinquent International Information Return Submission Procedures. These procedures invite taxpayers who meet the...more

Getting Into Compliance with Your Foreign Account Reporting, Part II

by Moskowitz LLP on

In Part I, we listed some of the penalties associated with the failure to report foreign accounts, and what is widely regarded as the best option for coming into compliance – the Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program (OVDP)....more

Getting Into Compliance with Your Foreign Account Reporting, Part I

by Moskowitz LLP on

With the 2015 release of the “Panama Papers,” roughly 11.5 million documents detailing personal financial information of wealthy individuals and identifying nearly 215,000 offshore entities are now available to government...more

Mental Impairment as a Defense to Civil Penalties

by Sanford Millar on

There are severe penalties under the Internal Revenue Code (IRC) and Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) for willful failure to file Information Returns. Examples of Information Return are Report of Foreign Bank Account (FBAR) required...more

Reporting A Closely Held U.S. Corporation’s Overseas Activities

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

We have heard a lot about large, publicly-traded U.S. corporations that have parked trillions of dollars overseas to avoid the payment of U.S. income tax. We have heard how the tax system must be seriously broken to have so...more

First LB&I Campaigns Demonstrate a Flexible Approach

On January 31, 2017, the Large Business & International Division of the IRS (LB&I) released the subjects of its first 13 campaigns. Each campaign addresses a specific area that the IRS has identified as a substantial...more

Bankers, Do your US Clients tell you everything that you need to know?

by Foodman CPAs & Advisors on

Given the information publicly revealed by “Panama Papers”, and recent IRS reminders to out-of-compliance US Taxpayers to come into full compliance with their federal tax obligations, it is critical that Bankers and Financial...more

The High Cost of Being Noncompliant with the Internal Revenue Code

by Holland & Knight LLP on

The IRS currently offers the following five programs for noncompliant taxpayers: (i) the Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program (OVDP), (ii) Streamlined Domestic Offshore Procedures, (iii) Streamlined Foreign Offshore...more

¿Sabe usted por qué y cómo entrar en el Programa de Divulgación Voluntaria de Cuentas en el Extranjero (OVDP)?

by Foodman CPAs & Advisors on

A través del Programa de Divulgación Voluntaria de Cuentas en el Extranjero (OVDP – Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program), el IRS permite a los Contribuyentes que no están en cumplimiento intentionalmente revelar las cuentas...more

Do you know why and how to make an Offshore Voluntary Disclosure?

by Foodman CPAs & Advisors on

Through its Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program (OVDP), IRS permits noncompliant taxpayers to disclose Willfully unreported offshore accounts and related income. The “key” word for OVDP is Willful. Unlike the Streamlined...more

Reckless Indifference Is Enough For Willfullness Finding For Puroses Of FBAR Nonfiling Penalties

by Charles (Chuck) Rubin on

A husband and wife had an accounting in Switzerland at UBS AG, into which they deposited commissions from camera sales and also directed some of their international customers to make deposits. In 2007, the tax year at issue,...more

Cuando FATCA y los Programas de Amnistía Fiscal se cruzan, ¿será demasiado tarde para los contribuyentes Estadounidenses?

by Foodman CPAs & Advisors on

Instituciones Financieras extranjeras (FFIs) y las autoridades fiscales de los países anfitriones le han proporcionado al IRS con una segunda ronda de informes de información sobre cuentas financieras mantenidas por los...more

When FATCA and Tax Amnesty Programs intersect, will it be too late for US Taxpayers?

by Foodman CPAs & Advisors on

Foreign Financial Institutions (FFIs) and host country tax authorities have provided IRS with a second round of information reports on financial accounts held by US Taxpayers. This exchange of information is automated and...more

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

by Foodman CPAs & Advisors on

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

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