Recent FBAR Case: IRS Seeks “Willful” Penalty $8.8M Without Much Regard for the Facts

A very recent FBAR case teaches us a few things.  My colleague, attorney John Richardson, noted this after reading the case: "When charities need to raise money they will often have a bake sale or an auction. When the US government wants to raise money it uses an 'FBAR Fundraiser'". Readers, draw your own opinion! … Continue reading Recent FBAR Case: IRS Seeks “Willful” Penalty $8.8M Without Much Regard for the Facts

Part II: Biden Proposal Changes the Taxation Game for Gifts and Inheritances – Americans Abroad Hit Hard

Today's post, Part II, was written with my colleague John Richardson, J.D. Part I of this blog post discussed President Biden's Green Book proposal that would change the tax rules for unrealized capital gains when assets are gifted or passed at death.  To recap, the major thrust of the Green Book proposal is to treat gifts … Continue reading Part II: Biden Proposal Changes the Taxation Game for Gifts and Inheritances – Americans Abroad Hit Hard

Determinative Factors: “Debt” v. “Equity” and Your Loan to a Foreign Corporation (Part II)

My recent blog post, here examined some of the tax consequences that could occur when a taxpayer mistakenly classifies an advance to a foreign corporation as a “loan” but that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) treats as a stockholding interest (“equity”) in the corporation.  Last week’s blog post  began examining factors used by the courts … Continue reading Determinative Factors: “Debt” v. “Equity” and Your Loan to a Foreign Corporation (Part II)

Foreign Corporate Tax – How Will it Impact the US Taxpayer of a CFC or PFIC?

While the focus of today's post is how the United Arab Emirates (UAE) forthcoming Corporate Tax (CT) may impact US persons who are shareholders in a so-called Controlled Foreign Corporation (CFC) or Passive Foreign Investment Company (PFIC), the analysis applies equally to other jurisdictions which impose tax on the corporate entity.  We examine today the … Continue reading Foreign Corporate Tax – How Will it Impact the US Taxpayer of a CFC or PFIC?

Timely US Tax Filings:  What are the Rules for Taxpayers in Foreign Countries?

Quite often, US taxpayers living in a foreign country are faced with tight deadlines for timely filing of tax returns, refund claims, documents and the like with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS)  before the statute of limitations expires.  They are often confused as to how to send these physical documents to the IRS and be … Continue reading Timely US Tax Filings:  What are the Rules for Taxpayers in Foreign Countries?

Timing Considerations for Expatriation, Tax Compliance and Form 8854

I invite readers to enjoy my article, copied below, recently published by Bloomberg Tax in the Daily Tax Report.  Reproduced with permission. Published January 7, 2022. The Bureau of National Affairs, Inc. (800-372-1033) http://www.bloombergindustry.com It is online here.   My blog post today contains additional input with a link to a podcast on this topic with US … Continue reading Timing Considerations for Expatriation, Tax Compliance and Form 8854

Covered Expatriates, Exit Tax and the Principal Residence

My earlier blog post discussed the rules that apply to a US taxpayer who sells his personal residence, whether located abroad or in the US. If the home qualifies as the “principal residence” and other requirements are satisfied the taxpayer may exclude up to US$250,000 ($500,000 for joint returns) of taxable gain from income.  As … Continue reading Covered Expatriates, Exit Tax and the Principal Residence

FBAR – Fifth Circuit, Non-Willful Penalty Multiplies “Per Account” in Bittner Case

Ka’Ching! It’s a win for the Internal Revenue Service (IRS)! At the end of November, in United States v. Bittner, (No. 20-4059, 5th Cir. 11/30/21), the Fifth Circuit overruled the lower court and held that the FBAR non-willful US$10,000 penalty applies on a per account rather than a per form basis.  The taxpayer was hit … Continue reading FBAR – Fifth Circuit, Non-Willful Penalty Multiplies “Per Account” in Bittner Case

Is IRS Finally Seeing the Light on Foreign Information Returns?

Bloomberg Tax - I invite readers to enjoy my recently published article, copied in full below. Reproduced with permission. Published December 3, 2021. The Bureau of National Affairs, Inc. (800-372-1033) http://www.bloombergindustry.com published in Tax Insights and Commentary News, online here.   Various options are available to correct the problem of missing information returns for U.S. … Continue reading Is IRS Finally Seeing the Light on Foreign Information Returns?

Foreign Foundations — What are they for US Tax Purposes?  Should I Care? Recent Court Case Lays it Out

Today’s post looks at the case of Rost v United States, No 119-CV-0607-RP 2021 BL 435976 (WD Tex., Austin Div., September 22, 2021).  In the Rost case, the Internal Revenue Service ("IRS") assessed close to USD597,000 in civil penalties for a US taxpayer’s failure to file IRS Forms 3520 and 3520-A, information reporting with regard … Continue reading Foreign Foundations — What are they for US Tax Purposes?  Should I Care? Recent Court Case Lays it Out