Tag Archives: FBAR PENALTIES

SOME ADVANTAGES AND DISADVANTAGES OF STREAMLINED PROCEDURES FOR U.S. CITIZENS AND RESIDENTS RESIDING IN THE U.S.

“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 residents.  Calls I’ve … 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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RESIDENCE OF PARTICIPANTS IN 2009 OVDP AND FOREIGN COUNTRIES IN WHICH DISCLOSED FINACIAL ACCOUNTS WERE LOCATED

On January 6, 2014 the U.S. Government Account Office (GAO) reported to Senator Carl Levin, Chairman, Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, certain information about the participants in the 2009 IRS Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program … Continue reading

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WHY NOW IS A PROPITIOUS TIME FOR THOSE WITH UNREPORTED OFFSHORE ACCOUNTS TO MAKE A VOLUNTARY DISCLOSURE?

One oddity about the Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program (OVDP) is that the FBAR years included in the criminal and reduced penalty partial-amnesty period are geared to one’s income tax filings.  (IRS OVDP FAQ 9) Thus, once a correct income tax … Continue reading

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LATEST DOJ ATTACK ON OFFSHORE ACCOUNTS: JOHN DOE SUMMONSES ISSUED TO U.S. CORRESPONDENT BANKS OF OFFSHORE BANKS

By now, I’m sure anyone owning an undisclosed offshore bank account has become familiar with the term, “John Doe Summons.”  After all, following the IRS issuing a John Doe Summons to UBS, it announced the 2009 OVDP, and about 15,000 … Continue reading

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ACCIDENTAL U.S. TAX RESIDENTS CAUGHT IN OFFSHORE DISCLOSURE WEB

One of the difficult aspects of U.S. tax law for foreign persons to understand is how they become accidental U.S. tax residents.  Even those here without a Green Card on non-immigration visas, can be required in any given year to … Continue reading

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CAUTION: IRS MAY ALREADY HAVE YOUR NAME OR WILL SOON. OFFSHORE DRAGNET LEADS UNNAMED FOREIGN BANKS TO COOPERATE

Some still out in the cold with offshore financial accounts take comfort in the fact that their bank has not yet been indicted or named in any publicly announced IRS investigation.  Well, here is some sobering news to shake confidence … Continue reading

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THE WRONG QUESTION TO ASK ABOUT OFFSHORE ACCOUNTS: WHAT ARE THE ODDS OF BEING CAUGHT?

In my post of July 14, 2013, “OVDP or Nothing At All,” I wrote: I believe the wiser approach for most is still to seek the shelter of certainty by entering the OVDP  (IRS 2012 OFFSHORE VOLUNTARY DISCLOSURE PROGRAM). I … Continue reading

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