In early April, the House of Representatives passed a bill that would re-design the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). It had a nifty and promising title, the "Taxpayer First Act of 2019". Despite its sweet title, part of the bill would prohibit the IRS from providing taxpayers with free tax preparation software. The for-profit tax preparation … Continue reading House Blocks IRS Free-File Tax Help: Who Cares!
Americans in Dubai / Singapore – If you are not tax compliant, time is really running out. As reported by Bloomberg on March 8th, an official with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Criminal Investigation (CI) unit announced at a Washington DC Federal Bar Association event that CI is considering Dubai and Singapore as its "next … Continue reading Dubai (and Singapore) – Now IRS Targets for Offshore Investigations
Over the summer, I blogged about the newly formed “Joint Chiefs of Global Tax Enforcement”, or the “J5”, for short. Five countries form this international coalition: Australia, Canada, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, and the United States. The goal of the J5 is to combat transnational tax crime through increased collaboration; in other words, these … Continue reading Newest Targets: “Enablers” and “Cryptocurrencies”
The Internal Revenue Service today announced the tax year 2019 annual inflation adjustments for more than 60 tax provisions, including the tax rate schedules and other tax changes. Revenue Procedure 2018-57 provides details about these annual adjustments. The tax year 2019 adjustments generally are used on tax returns filed in 2020. For those of you … Continue reading JUST ANNOUNCED! Foreign Related Tax Inflation Adjustments for Tax Year 2019
I was recently asked about the tax problems faced by Americans who move overseas. Unfortunately, there are many US tax difficulties faced by Americans abroad. In order to make some sense of this vast topic, let's put the major problems into several basic categories. Once aware of the problems lurking out there, you can get … Continue reading Before You Think of Becoming an “American Abroad”, Read This….
Everything you need to know about US tax is right here at your fingertips! My primer provides information for overseas Americans and green card holders on US tax obligations including Income Tax, Estate Tax and Gift Tax as well as IRS reporting requirements and State income tax. It also provides detailed information for foreign individuals … Continue reading Tax Primer: US Expats & Foreigners
Shame on the IRS! So abhorrent is the agency’s conduct in re-hiring employees who were fired for serious misconduct (think unauthorized access to taxpayer accounts, falsifying official documents, felony possession of a forgery device, lying about previous criminal convictions on employment forms, past tax problems including -“willful” tax noncompliance)- that Congress may have to step … Continue reading IRS Rehires Over 200 Previously Fired Employees – Makes a Mockery of Taxpayer Justice
Many of my readers already know that one’s US passport is in serious jeopardy if a taxpayer has what is called “seriously delinquent tax debt”. First, some brief background on the law and how it particularly affects Americans living and working overseas. I’ll then provide the latest statistics on the passport enforcement efforts since the … Continue reading Passport Revocation Update: Over 436,000 Taxpayers Meet “Certification” Criteria