Category Archives: TAX

IF YOU DID THESE THINGS YOU BELONG IN THE OVDP

Laura Saunders in an October 23, 2015 Wall Street Journal article, enumerates some of the devices used by Swiss Banks to help clients evade their U.S. tax obligations. She lists the following exposed tactics of the banks: Using numbered or … Continue reading

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STATUTES OF LIMITATIONS AND STREAMLINED FILINGS OR FILE FORWARD STRATEGIES

In earlier blog posts I have discussed how Streamlined Filings differ from OVDP submissions. One major difference: unlike an OVDP submission, a taxpayer making a Streamlined Filing is not informed upfront whether his or her filing has been accepted as … Continue reading

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SOME FBAR GOOD NEWS AND MORE OVDP BAD NEWS

FBAR FILING DATE CHANGED TO APRIL 15 It is rare but occasionally congress enacts a law that makes eminent good sense. Tucked away in the Highway Funding Bill (HR 3236) signed by President Obama on July 31, 2015 are tax … Continue reading

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LIST OF BAD BANKS GIVING RISE TO 50% OVDP OFFSHORE PENALTY STILL GROWING

The IRS had added five more banks to its list of banks at which accounts will cause the OVDP offshore penalty to rise to 50% applied to all noncompliant offshore assets (See OVDP FAQ 7.2). FAQ 7.2 provides: Beginning on August 4, … Continue reading

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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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OVDP – LIST OF BANKS AT WHICH AN ACCOUNT UPS OFFSHORE PENALTY TO 50% IS GROWING

The IRS continues to add to its published list of banks at which an account, even one account, increases the Miscellaneous Offshore Penalty imposed as part of the OVDP from 27.5% to 50% on all offshore assets connected with the … Continue reading

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