Monthly Archives: July 2014

WHAT SHOULD YOU DO? YOU FAILED TO FILE AN FBAR BUT REPORTED ALL INCOME FROM AN OFFSHORE ACCOUNT

This predicament is not an uncommon occurrence.  Many taxpayers may have had a foreign bank or brokerage account and reported the income in their tax returns or earned no income but did not know they had to file an FBAR.  … Continue reading

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SOME SWISS BANKS ARE MORE THAN ENCOURAGING U.S. CLIENTS TO ENTER THE OVDP – THEY ARE OFFERING FINANCIAL INCENTIVES

An article in the Wall Street Journal on July 19, 2014 by John Letzing (“Taxpayers Get Incentives to Report: Swiss Banks Aim to Entice Americans to Disclose Accounts to IRS by Helping Cover Costs, Penalties”), reveals what many professionals have … Continue reading

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THE TAX LAW IS COMPLEX; OFFSHORE COMPLIANCE DECISIONS ARE DIFFICULT AND MISTAKES CAN HAVE GRAVE CONSEQUENCES

John J. Scroggin published an interesting and entertaining survey of tax complexity in the Wealth Strategies Journal (Tax Complexity, History, and Humor, July 8, 2014). The article begins with a quote from Judge Learned Hand:  “In my own case the … Continue reading

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OFFSHORE TAXPAYERS WITH ACCOUNTS AT IRS LISTED BANKS NEED TO ACT NOW

  Revised FAQ 7.2 provides:  What if the government is investigating the foreign financial institution where I hold my account or another facilitator who assisted in establishing or maintaining my offshore arrangement? Beginning on August 4, 2014, any taxpayer who … Continue reading

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SOME ADVANTAGES AND DISADVANTAGES OF STREAMLINED COMPLIANCE PROCEDURES FOR U.S. EXPATS

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.” – George Bernard Shaw Shaw’s admonition is applicable to the recently announced Streamlined Process and Transitional as alternatives for resolving offshore noncompliance exposure of U.S. citizens and permanent residents who … Continue reading

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IRS CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION DIVISION OFFICIALS PARTICIPATING IN ABA TAX SECTION WEBINAR INDICATE THAT OFFSHORE TAX FRAUD WILL CONTINUE TO BE EMPHASIZED BY CID

On July 8, 21014 Edward Cronin, Associate Chief Counsel (Criminal Tax) and Don Fort, CID Director of Field Operations participated in an ABA Tax Section Webinar, “Current IRS Criminal Investigation Enforcement Priorities and Issues.”  Some of the highlights from the … Continue reading

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STILL HAVE AN UNREPORTED FORIEGN FINANCIAL ACCOUNT? BEWARE THE TRUSTED ADVISORS: THEY WILL GIVE YOU UP TO SAVE THEIR OWN SKINS

The DOJ Press Release reproduced below in its entirety should be very scary to those still out in the cold with unreported foreign financial accounts.  We know that foreign banks are taking steps to minimize their risk of criminal prosecution … Continue reading

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