Understanding the US gift tax is important for both US and non-US persons. It comes as a big surprise to many people that US gift tax issues can arise in many unanticipated ways, such as sending money to an adult child attending college; making loans interest-free to family members or giving them loans with below-market interest rates. Even non-US persons can … Continue reading Foreign Persons Making Gifts to the US – Cash / Wire Transfers / Checks?
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Big Win for Taxpayers with Foreign Assets: IRS Lacks Authority to Assess & Collect Penalties for Failure to File Foreign Information Returns
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) was sucker-punched by the Tax Court on April 3, 2023 in the case of Farhy v. Commissioner, 160 T.C. No. 6 (2023). In that case, the Tax Court held that the IRS does not have the authority to assess and collect penalties asserted under Internal Revenue Code Section 6038(b), in the … Continue reading Big Win for Taxpayers with Foreign Assets: IRS Lacks Authority to Assess & Collect Penalties for Failure to File Foreign Information Returns
FATCA Statute of Limitations: IRS’ 2018 Assessment Grabs Tax & Penalties Back to 2003
In Fairbank v. Commissioner, T.C. Memo. 2023-19, Dkt. No. 13400-18 (February 23, 2023) the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued a notice of deficiency in April 2018 for taxable years 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2011. The taxpayers argued the IRS could not go back to these prior years, challenging the assessments on … Continue reading FATCA Statute of Limitations: IRS’ 2018 Assessment Grabs Tax & Penalties Back to 2003
Tax Statutes of Limitation – Run Fast, IRS is Right Behind You
With tax season in full swing, now is a good time to review the various civil statutes of limitations (SOL) rules that apply to US tax matters. Perfect timing to review because we also have a Tax Court case from last month showing how harsh the consequences of the SOL can be if a taxpayer … Continue reading Tax Statutes of Limitation – Run Fast, IRS is Right Behind You
Am I Being Cynical? Serious Problems Acknowledged -Too Little, Too Late for Taxpayers Outside the US
The Taxpayer Advocate Service (TAS) recently released its 2022 report to Congress. In one portion of the Report (listed in “Most Serious Problems Encountered by Taxpayers” #10 OVERSEAS TAXPAYERS: Taxpayers Outside of the United States Face Significant Barriers to Meeting Their U.S. Tax Obligations) TAS provided a succinct review of the problems faced by American … Continue reading Am I Being Cynical? Serious Problems Acknowledged -Too Little, Too Late for Taxpayers Outside the US
Treaty Tie-Breaker: Oh the Pitfalls Beware!
The United States is unique in its approach to taxing individuals who are US citizens or lawful permanent residents (green card holders). Such individuals are taxed on worldwide income regardless of where they may reside. On account of this taxation approach, US citizens and green card holders who live outside of America may be subject … Continue reading Treaty Tie-Breaker: Oh the Pitfalls Beware!
Overseas Americans: Fast Facts About Amending a US Income Tax Return
Soon enough thoughts will turn to preparing US tax returns for 2022. Thorough preparation should at least include a review of the tax return filed for the prior tax year. In doing this, it often happens that taxpayers discover an error occurred in filing a prior year’s return. If an error is discovered, it may … Continue reading Overseas Americans: Fast Facts About Amending a US Income Tax Return
Tax Planning – Ownership of Foreign Real Property
Investment decisions are difficult nowadays, but I am still getting inquiries from US persons about the US tax effects of owning foreign real property. Tax efficient structuring depends on numerous factors. While an earlier blog post discussed the general concept of what is called a "disregarded entity" and how it is used (and misused) by … Continue reading Tax Planning – Ownership of Foreign Real Property
Prince Harry (Part II) – Does US Citizenship Wait in the Royal Wings? What about the Impact on the Royal Family?
Part I of this blog post examined the US tax issues faced by the Duke of Sussex who moved with Duchess Meghan to Los Angeles in March 2020. Given the significant number of days of physical presence in America, Prince Harry has most likely already met the "substantial presence test" and is being taxed the … Continue reading Prince Harry (Part II) – Does US Citizenship Wait in the Royal Wings? What about the Impact on the Royal Family?
Is the IRS Being Reasonable when it comes to “Reasonable Cause”?
My recent blog post discussed how I approach “streamlined procedure” filings for taxpayers with unreported income, for example, from offshore assets or accounts. Often, the tax noncompliance for such cases involves unfiled international information returns as well. As discussed in the blog post, I draft the required statement of non-willfulness in such a manner that … Continue reading Is the IRS Being Reasonable when it comes to “Reasonable Cause”?