Category Archives: VOLUNTARY DISCLOSURE

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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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 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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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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