Category Archives: OFFSHORE BANK ACCOUNTS

THE CLOCK IS TICKING ON THE 27.5% OVDP OFFSHORE PENALTY (AS OPPOSED TO 50%) FOR THOSE WITH ACCOUNTS AT BANKS SOON TO BE ADDED TO THE IRS BAD BANKS LIST

The Department of Justice (DOJ) on May 29, 2015 announced that four more Swiss banks had entered into non-prosecution agreements (NPA), namely: Societe Generale Private Banking (Lugano-Svizzera) SA (effective 5/28/15) MediBank AG (effective 5/28/15) LBBW (Schweiz) AG (effective 5/28/15) Scobag … Continue reading

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IRS OFFICIALS ANSWER CIVIL AND CRIMINAL OFFSHORE QUESTIONS

On February 24, 2015 I participated in an ABA Tax Section Webinar, “Answering Your Criminal and Civil Offshore Disclosure Questions.”  On the Webinar panel were two IRS officials:  David W. Horton, Director, IRS International Individual Compliance; and John C. McDougal, … Continue reading

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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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