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Part 3 – The Delinquent FBAR Submission Procedures

Below is Part 3 of my partner, Rick Josepher’s, analysis of the new offshore enforcement environment in light of the new 2014 Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Procedures....more

Can an OVDP Participant Set Aside a Closing Agreement on the Theory of Duress?

It has been just over five years since the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) offered the first of three offshore voluntary disclosure programs for individuals with undisclosed foreign financial accounts. Since the announcement...more

Banking & Financial Services E-Note

In This Issue: - 70 Countries Agree to Share Bank Information in Tax Evasion Probe - Financial Industry Pushes Back Against Proposed ERISA Requirements - Federal Reserve Proposes Tougher Stress Tests for...more

Offshore Tax Enforcement Update: IRS Unveils Major Changes to Voluntary Disclosure Program

Since the 1970s, U.S. taxpayers with foreign banks accounts have been required to annually report their foreign bank account information to the Department of Treasury on a Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts...more

IRS Broadens Offshore Amnesty Program

Over the last several years, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has focused its efforts on enforcement of U.S. laws with respect to offshore assets held by U.S. citizens and residents, including their tax payment and...more

"Latest Swiss Cross-Border Tax Investigation Reflects Wider US Enforcement Agenda"

Authorities in the U.S. continue to crack down on foreign financial institutions that have allegedly aided U.S. taxpayers in evading their tax obligations. On May 19, 2014, Credit Suisse AG pled guilty to conspiracy to aid...more

Former Head of DOJ Tax Division Warns Taxpayers to Think Twice Before Choosing New Streamlined Procedures

Former DOJ Tax Division AAG Kathy Keneally warned on June 24, 2014, that taxpayers should think carefully before signing a certification of non-willfulness and entering the IRS’s new Streamlined Filing Compliance Procedures....more

Offshore Tax Enforcement Update: Foreign Bank Account Disclosure Deadline Is June 2014

The annual deadline for filing FinCEN Form 114, Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts (commonly known as the “FBAR” form), is fast-approaching. Any U.S. taxpayer with a financial interest in, or signature or other...more

IRS Eases Access to Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Programs

The changes give taxpayers who mistakenly failed to report foreign assets a simpler path back to tax compliance. On June 18, 2014, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced major modifications to the terms of its...more

IRS Identifies ‘Attorneys-in-Fact’ as Potentially Required to File Under the Foreign Bank Account Reporting Rules

Most United States persons who have foreign financial accounts are aware that they must file an annual report to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) with respect to these accounts. Less well known, however, is that individuals...more

International Tax Compliance Update: Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program Modifications: A Trap for the Unwary

Several weeks ago, we reported that changes to the IRS’s Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program (“OVDP”) were imminent and would focus on distinguishing between taxpayers who willfully violated their reporting requirements,...more

IRS Continues Pursuit of Undisclosed and Unreported Financial Accounts - Important New Developments

On Wednesday, the IRS announced substantial expansions of the 2012 Streamlined Filing Compliance Procedures and the 2012 Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program (OVDP). The IRS first designed the 2012 Streamlined Filing...more

The Credit Suisse Case: Did the Justice Department Lose its Nerve?

As the old adage goes, appearances can be deceiving. Sometimes when you peel back the layers on an issue, you find out that everyone, even the Justice Department, can engage in “spin.”...more

Updated Roadmap To IRS’ 2014 Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program For Taxpayers With Undisclosed Offshore Accounts

On June 18, 2014 the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) announced a modification to the 2012 Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program (“OVDP”). The 2014 OVDP is a continuation of the 2012 program with modified terms. The voluntary...more

Administrative and criminal violations involving the same fact: the recent positions of the European Court of Human Rights and of...

The European Court of Human Rights takes a stand on the ne bis in idem principle intervening on the relationship between administrative and criminal violations involving identical facts. Two recent decisions give interesting...more

IRS Offshore Enforcement Update

In a recent appearance before THE U.S. Conference for International Business the IRS Commissioner stated the following: “One of the most exciting aspects of our current times is to see governments working...more

FinCrimes Update - Volume 1, Issue 3

On May 8, OFAC released enforcement information regarding “apparent violations” of the Cuban Assets Control Regulations by Canadian subsidiaries of a U.S. insurance company. The U.S. company self-reported 3,560 apparent...more

European Commission Uses EU State Aid Rules Against Aggressive Tax Planning by Multinational Companies

EU Member States are prohibited from granting to companies selective advantages that qualify as State aid within the meaning of Article 107(1) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU) without the prior...more

Florida Doctor Sentenced for Defrauding the IRS

On May 9, 2014, a Florida doctor was sentenced to serve two years in prison and three years supervised release for conspiring to defraud the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). The doctor was found guilty of concealing millions...more

Non-U.S. Retirement Plans Must Comply with or Claim Exemption from FATCA by July 1

In January 2013, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) published final regulations under the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA). FATCA is intended to make it more difficult for U.S. taxpayers to conceal assets held in...more

Tax Evasion Gets Harder as FATCA Goes into Effect July 1

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) will have more leverage over those seeking to minimize their tax bills by moving assets outside the U.S. when the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) takes effect on July 1, 2014....more

DOJ Issues Further Guidance on Swiss Bank Program

Recently the Justice Department’s Tax Division issued further “comments” regarding its “Program for Non-Prosecution Agreements or Non-Target Letters for Swiss Banks.” In prior posts we have described this program designed to...more

IRS Commissioner Hints That OVDP Modifications Are in the Works

Since 2009, the Internal Revenue Service has offered three different amnesty programs for taxpayers with undeclared foreign bank accounts. These programs, the current version of which is entitled the Offshore Voluntary...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

IRS Unveils New Compliance Program

According to the Miriam Webster dictionary, credibility is defined as "the quality or power of inspiring belief." When IRS Commissioner John Koskinen took office, one of his many roles involved trying to restore the integrity...more

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