Tag Archives: BANK SECRECY ACT

MORE ON INHERENT RISK IN STREAMLINED NON-WILLFUL CERTIFICATIONS

I have posted often about the risk of using the Streamlined Filing Compliance Procedures, specifically about the risk of making a statement under penalties of perjury of the reasons the taxpayer believes his or her conduct in failing to comply … Continue reading

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HOW NOT TO VOLUNTARILY DISCLOSE AN UNREPORTED OFFSHORE FINANCIAL ACCOUNT

A Wall Street Journal of March 14, 2015 by Laura Saunders reveals how Gregg Kaminsky and his tax advisors violated the cardinal rule of voluntary disclosure practice, “Don’t make things worse than they already are.” Kaminsky, now a 46 year-old … 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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WILL-O -THE WISP NON-WILLFULNESS IN THE STREAMLINED FILING COMPLIANCE PROCEDURE

“A will-o’-the-wisp is an atmospheric ghost-light seen… at night, especially over bogs, swamps or marshes. It resembles a flickering lamp and is said to recede if approached, drawing (sojourners) from the safe paths.”(Wilkipedia).  Most clients with unreported offshore accounts who … 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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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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