Breaking! Gird Your Loins for Greater FBAR Penalties! Supreme Court Denies Review in Toth/ Excessive Fines Issue

United States v. Toth:  Just yesterday, the United States Supreme Court denied review of Toth, a case being carefully followed by tax professionals who deal with FBAR cases, US persons abroad, and all things "foreign". Toth was an FBAR “willful” penalty case on appeal to the First Circuit, with one of the issues being whether … Continue reading Breaking! Gird Your Loins for Greater FBAR Penalties! Supreme Court Denies Review in Toth/ Excessive Fines Issue

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

Death of the American Abroad – Is the Estate a US or Foreign Estate? What to do with Undeclared Foreign Assets?

With more and more Americans living and working abroad, the reality is that US persons will also pass away while residing in a foreign country. Did you know that a US citizen residing abroad at death may have a “foreign estate” for US income tax purposes?  What does that mean for the estate? What does … Continue reading Death of the American Abroad – Is the Estate a US or Foreign Estate? What to do with Undeclared Foreign Assets?

US Tax – Safeguarding Finances of the Elderly, Stateside and Abroad

My latest article is copied below in full, as published by Bloomberg Tax, December 9, 2022 in Tax Insights, reproduced with permission, link here.The Bureau of National Affairs, Inc. (800-372-1033) http://www.bloombergindustry.com The growing trend of email and phone scammers, combined with the potential for diminished cognitive abilities due to aging, can imperil elderly people’s financial … Continue reading US Tax – Safeguarding Finances of the Elderly, Stateside and Abroad

Breathing American Air – Hazardous to your Wealth? (Part I)

Foreigner asks: “Can I breathe American air without being subject to US tax?” The answer to that question is a big, fat MAYBE.  For starters, it depends how long you were in the US breathing that air.  While the question might sound funny, there is absolute truth in the answer. It amazes me how many … Continue reading Breathing American Air – Hazardous to your Wealth? (Part I)

Foreign Assets — How Can the IRS Enforce Tax Collection Overseas? (Part II)

Last week's blog post, here, examined some of the weapons the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) can use to collect taxes when the uncooperative taxpayer and assets are located abroad.  Today we look at some other possible remedies. Is There Any US Connection to Foreign Banks? The IRS can issue a levy notice to any bank … Continue reading Foreign Assets — How Can the IRS Enforce Tax Collection Overseas? (Part II)

What is a Closing Agreement and When Will One Be Entered Into by the IRS?

Last week's blog post, here, discussed the details of the Internal Revenue Service "Voluntary Disclosure Practice" (VDP).  VDP is the one and only method for voluntary disclosures that apply to criminal tax activity, regardless if the activity involves offshore issues or strictly domestic ones.  The final conclusion of a taxpayer’s entry into the Voluntary Disclosure … Continue reading What is a Closing Agreement and When Will One Be Entered Into by the IRS?

US Passport Denied for Delinquent Tax Debt, Actual Notice to the Taxpayer Not Required

A taxpayer's US passport can be denied issuance, renewal and can even be revoked, if the taxpayer has so-called “seriously delinquent tax debt” per IRC Section 7345.  I have blogged about this before - here and here. Generally, a "seriously delinquent tax debt" is an individual's unpaid, legally enforceable federal tax debt (including interest and … Continue reading US Passport Denied for Delinquent Tax Debt, Actual Notice to the Taxpayer Not Required

IRS is Ruthless in Seeking “Willful” FBAR Penalties – But the Court Won’t Have it….

We have another important FBAR case, US v Katholos No17cv531 WDNY Aug 10 2022.  Ms Katholos was first introduced to my readers in 2018 (blog post here). An update on Katholos was posted just last week detailing a court’s clarification, perhaps an expansion, of the definition of “financial interest” in an account requiring FBAR reporting.  … Continue reading IRS is Ruthless in Seeking “Willful” FBAR Penalties – But the Court Won’t Have it….