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OFFSHORE VOLUNTARY DISCLOSURE PROGRAM (OVDP): STRICT APPLICATION OF 50% PENALTY CAN BE HARSH

Consider the following fact pattern: Father and daughter are participants in the OVDP who submitted their OVDP Letters after August 4, 2014.   Each owned separate unreported offshore bank accounts during the OVDP period 2006 through 2013. The father’s account was … Continue reading

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IRS UNRELENTING IN PURSUIT OF UNREPORTED OFFSHORE ACCOUNTS

Today the IRS released IR-2015-9, “Hiding Money or Income Offshore Among the “Dirty Dozen” List of Tax Scams for the 2015 Filing Season” which provides verbatim: WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service today said avoiding taxes by hiding money or … Continue reading

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EVALUATING RISK OF PROSECUTION OUTSIDE OF THE OVDP

An article authored by Edward Robbins, Jr. Steven Toscher and Dennis Perez, “What’s Your Client’s Criminal Exposure on His Undeclared Foreign Bank Account? (Journal of Tax Practice, October – November 2012 pp 67-74), astutely summarizes the most likely charged tax … Continue reading

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THERE’S NOTHING CIVIL ABOUT THE STREAMLINED FILING PROCESS

Many believe that you can bifurcate the Streamlined Process between the criminal aspect and civil aspect.  That once you have a non-willful opinion from the criminal tax lawyer, the process becomes civil and any competent civil tax lawyer or tax … Continue reading

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SOME CLARIFICATION FROM IRS ON THE STREAMLINED FILING COMPLIANCE PROCEDURES.AND DEINQUENT INTERNATIONAL INFORMATION RETURN SUBMISSIONS.

The IRS has updated its Streamlined Filing Compliance Procedures and Delinquent International Information Return pages (October 9, 2014) and issued Frequently Asked Questions with regard to each. The FAQs for U.S. Taxpayers residing in the U.S. clarify that: The 5% … Continue reading

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PRO SE TAXPAYERS OFTEN DON’T SEE THE BUS THAT HITS THEM: SELF-REPRESENTATION CAN BE DANGEROUS

I receive many calls from taxpayers considering how to bring their unreported offshore accounts into compliance. Sometimes and often with respect to expatriates, these individuals will have prepared their own returns and even attempted to represent themselves through some of … Continue reading

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BLOOMBERG BNA SAMPLES ATTORNEY VIEWS ON STREAMLINED PROCESS

Alison Bennett of Bloomberg BNA’s article “Questions surround Standard of Willful Path Conduct under Streamlined Version of OVDP” (9/17/14), summarizes some of her interviews with tax lawyers around the country concerning the Streamlined Filing Compliance Procedures announced by IRS on … Continue reading

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