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Manafort Indictment Alleges High-End International Money Laundering and Tax Fraud Involving Offshore Accounts

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

As the world now knows, an indictment against Paul Manafort, Jr., a former campaign chairperson for now-President Donald Trump, and Manafort’s associate, Richard Gates III, was unsealed yesterday. ...more

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

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

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

De-Risking 101

by Foodman CPAs & Advisors on

Bank Secrecy Act of 1970 - Requires U.S. financial institutions to assist U.S. government agencies to detect and prevent money laundering by keeping records of cash purchases of negotiable instruments, and file reports...more

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

by Foodman CPAs & Advisors on

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

Failure to Report Foreign Accounts is Illegal, IRS Warns

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

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

Financial Services Weekly News - March 2016

by Goodwin on

Regulatory Developments - CFPB Now Accepting Complaints on Online Marketplace Lenders - On March 7, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced two initiatives: it will now accept complaints from...more

IRS Seeks Identities of Americans with Undisclosed Belize Bank Accounts

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Americans with secret accounts in Belize should take notice: the government is looking for you. The U.S. Department of Justice on September 15 filed a petition in federal court in Miami seeking permission to issue summonses...more

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

by Sanford Millar on

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

New Option for Late FBARs – Just File It!

by Goulston & Storrs PC on

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

June 30, 2015 Filing Deadline Approaches to Report Foreign Financial Accounts

by Cozen O'Connor on

Individuals and organizations with a financial interest in or signature authority over a foreign financial account, in which the aggregate value of the accounts exceeded $10,000 at any point in 2014, may need to file FinCEN...more

Swiss Bank Settlements-What's Next for U.S. Taxpayer's?

by Sanford Millar on

The Department of Justice has released the signed Non-Prosecution Agreement NPA) with Swiss bank BSI SA. The Non-Prosecution Agreement is likely the precursor to enhanced enforcement efforts by the DOJ and IRS against those...more

When Do Non-U.S. Citizens Pay Income Tax And Report Foreign Financial Accounts?

by Sanford Millar on

In a series of Frequently Asked Questions releases December 31, 2014, The Congressional Research Service provides some guidance on when non-U.S. citizens may be subject to U.S. income taxes....more

The Death Of Hidden Offshore Accounts

by Sanford Millar on

The future for offshore tax planning, also known as “aggressive tax planning” is likely to be limited to if not curtailed by the global exchange of information agreement signed in October, 2014 by 51 countries and growing....more

Happy Holidays – There is a Budget Deal, Now Look Out

by Sanford Millar on

The just passed budget deal known as Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015 contains a reduction in funding for the IRS. The Bill provides a reduction in total IRS funding of $346 million less than last...more

Informal Surrender Of Green Card Doesn’t Work

by Sanford Millar on

The recent decision of the U.S.Tax Court, in Gerd Topsnik, (2014) makes it clear that an “informal” surrender of a Green Card, while recognized under immigration laws is not recognized for tax purposes....more

False Foreign Gift Claims and Wire Fraud

by Sanford Millar on

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

June 30 Deadline Approaches for Mandatory E-File FBAR Reporting

by McDermott Will & Emery on

2014 presents particular challenges with respect to FBAR, the Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts, for certain U.S. persons with interests in or signature authority over assets exceeding $10,000 held outside the...more

Will the Zwerner FBAR Fine Pass Constitutional Muster?

by Blank Rome LLP on

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

FBAR Penalty to Face Excessive Fines Clause Test

by Blank Rome LLP on

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

Indicted Banker May Provide Valuable Leads

by Sanford Millar on

The following is an excerpt from a press release issued April 30, 2014 by Department of Justice, Tax Division (DOJ) announcing the indictment of a former senior officer of the Beverly Hills branch of an Israeli bank. The...more

Deadlines Coming for Multinationals’ Retirement Plans and U.S. Taxpayers with Foreign Financial Interests

In 2010, the U.S. enacted a sweeping change in enforcement of its tax laws on foreign financial interests, the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA). The main thrust of the act is to penalize foreign financial...more

FBAR Update

by Holland & Knight LLP on

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

Fiduciary Liability and Offshore Assets

by Sanford Millar on

Fiduciaries, like trustees and conservators, may face personal liability for wrongful acts in administering estates. Among the liabilities that a fiduciary may face is to the IRS for wrongful distributions such as those made...more

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