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No News is Not Always Good News: IRS's Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program is Ending

by Baker Donelson on

The IRS has just announced that its longstanding Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program (OVDP) will end as of September 28, 2018. While many U.S. citizens and green card holders living abroad and in the United States have...more

IRS To Close Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program This September

by Cole Schotz on

On March 13, 2018, the IRS announced that the Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program (OVDP) will be closing on September 28, 2018. This program has been in place since 2009. In general, US persons, that is, citizens and...more

IRS Announces End of Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program

by Jones Day on

On March 13, 2018, the Internal Revenue Service ("IRS") announced that the Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program ("OVDP") will end on September 28, 2018. The program has allowed taxpayers to avoid criminal prosecution by...more

IRS Is Closing Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program; Deadline of September 28, 2018

The IRS announced it will be closing its Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program (OVDP) as of September 28, 2018. The news follows a significant decrease in taxpayer participation in the program, coupled with advances in...more

IRS Announces End of FBAR Voluntary Disclosure Program

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

Disclose Foreign Assets Now: IRS To Discontinue OVDP

by Strasburger & Price, LLP on

U.S. individuals and entities are subject to numerous reporting requirements for foreign assets. Failure to comply with such requirements can lead to criminal exposure and significant civil penalties....more

IRS is Ending the Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program

Since 2009, the IRS has had various programs for taxpayers that failed to report offshore financial accounts and other assets, including interests in foreign trusts and foreign corporations The current program began in 2014,...more

Annual Compliance Obligation Reminders

by Vedder Price on

Investment advisers registered with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) or with a state (“Advisers”) as well as commodity pool operators (“CPOs”) and commodity trading advisors (“CTAs”) registered with the...more

FBAR Filing Deadline Further Extended

by Morgan Lewis on

Certain individuals who have only signature authority over foreign financial accounts now have until April 15, 2019 to file the Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts....more

FinCEN Announces Yet Another FBAR Filing Extension For Certain Financial Professionals

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Last week the Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) again extended the deadline for certain financial professionals to file foreign bank accounting reporting forms known as FBARs. In FinCEN...more

Paradise Papers, Panama Papers…. The Message is Clear: Report Offshore Accounts!

by Foodman CPAs & Advisors on

First, the Panama Papers, and now… the Paradise Papers. The Paradise Papers contain the names of approximately 31,000 US citizens, including entities, or persons with US addresses....more

What If You Are Ineligible For The Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program? Attorney Proffers versus Quiet Disclosures

by Sanford Millar on

Since the beginning of the current Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Programs (OVDP) in 2009 tens of thousands of U.S. taxpayers have come forward to report previously undisclosed foreign financial accounts. The addition of the...more

Will Your Offshore Bank or Cryptocurrency Exchange Turn You In to the IRS?

by Sanford Millar on

Well the results of the Foreign Account tax Compliance Act (“FATCA”) are coming in and the IRS will be stepping up audit of “holder” of unreported account. The exam targets will be U.S. taxpayers who own or control foreign...more

Información tributaria de 36 países ya está en Colombia

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Por medio del comunicado de prensa No. 149 del 9 de octubre, la DIAN informó que en desarrollo de los Acuerdos de Intercambio de Información vigentes y de la Ley FATCA, recibió la información correspondiente al año 2016, de...more

With Tensions Rising, the United States Imposes Additional Sanctions on North Korea

by Jones Day on

In Short - The Situation: Over the past several months, North Korea has engaged in several activities, particularly relating to missile and nuclear testing, that violate several United Nations resolutions and that...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

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

Government Refuses to Define "willfulness" for FBAR Purposes

by Sanford Millar on

Whether a taxpayer's conduct in failing to report foreign financial accounts is "willful" or "non-willful" makes a huge difference in penalty determination. However the government refuses to publish a definition of...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

New Filing Date for Foreign Bank Account Return

If you have a foreign bank account (or signatory authority on a foreign bank account), you are required to file a Form 114 (commonly called an FBAR) if at any point during the calendar year the combined balance in all of your...more

Reminder: FBARs Due in April Starting This Year

by Charles (Chuck) Rubin on

Until now, the Reports of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts (FBAR) for foreign financial accounts was due on June 30 of each year, for purposes of reporting accounts for the preceding calendar year....more

FBAR Filing Deadline Extended for Certain Filers

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

On December 16, 2016, FinCEN issued Notice 2016-1, extending the filing deadline for the Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts, FinCEN Form 114 (FBAR), for certain individuals with signature or other authority over...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

Filing Deadline Extended for Certain FBAR Filers

by Morgan Lewis on

Certain individuals who have only signature authority over foreign financial accounts now have until April 15, 2018 to file the Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts....more

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