Category Archives: FBARS

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

Revised FAQ 7.2, for the Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program, 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 … Continue reading

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INITIAL THOUGHTS ON IRS CHANGES TO OFFSHORE VOLUNTARY DISCLOSURE PROGRAM AND STREAMLINED PROCESS FOR NON-WILLFUL TAXPAYERS

Yesterday, June 18, 2014, IRS announced and posted to the Offshore Voluntary Disclosure page on its website (www.irs.gov) significant changes to the 2012 OVDP reflected in revised Frequently Asked Questions; and, new Streamlined Filing Compliance Procedures for non-willful, out-of-compliance taxpayers, whether … Continue reading

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ON FBAR WILLUL NON-FILING AND WILLFUL BLINDNESS – THE RUMSFELD DISCLAIMER

In United States v. Williams, (2012), the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals reversed the District Court’s holding that Williams’ failure to file an FBAR that was due June 30, 2001 was a non-willful failure to file because the government already … Continue reading

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106 SWISS BANKS AGREE TO NAME NAMES OF US DEPOSITORS

My post of September 6, 2013, “Heat on Offshore Tax Evaders Turned up: DOJ Offers Swiss Government Sanctioned Deal to Smaller Swiss Banks,” described in some detail the Swiss Bank Settlement Program (SBSP) under which Swiss banks not already under … Continue reading

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IT’S GOOD TO BE RICH: BEANIE BABY FOUNDER GOES FREE

Part T of the Federal Sentencing Guidelines Manual deals with “Offenses Involving Taxation.” The Introductory Commentary states: The criminal tax laws are designed to protect the public interest in preserving the integrity of the nation’s tax system.  Criminal tax prosecutions … Continue reading

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AWARD FOR DUMBEST DIVORCING COUPLE

 I have seen divorcing spouses do really dumb things but this couple takes the cake and wins the award for Dumbest Divorcing Couple of the Year. The case Shai v. Shai was tried in Palm Beach County Florida before Acting … Continue reading

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