My earlier blog post covered some US tax issues faced by the individual granted options on foreign company stock by his non-US employer. When it comes to foreign information return reporting, the grant of options to an employee on foreign stock can get confusing. Is an option granted to an employee with respect to foreign … Continue reading FATCA Reporting of Compensatory Foreign Stock Option on Form 8938
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Belgium Fights Back! No FATCA Info to IRS – Deep Dive the Belgian Decision
On May 23, a decision (Decision) by the Belgian Data Protection Authority (BDPA) now prohibits the Belgian tax authorities (the defendant in this case) from transferring to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) the personal data of Belgian “Accidental Americans” (and likely other US persons with accounts in Belgium) pursuant to the ”FATCA” Intergovernmental Agreement between … Continue reading Belgium Fights Back! No FATCA Info to IRS – Deep Dive the Belgian Decision
IRS Updates its Audit “Campaign” Targets – Who’s on the List?
For the past 6 years, the Internal Revenue Service’s (IRS) Large Business and International (LB&I) Division shifted to a new audit strategy known as “campaigns.” This shift in focus concentrates on examining tax issues that will have the broadest impact on tax compliance while making the most efficient use of IRS’s resources. Given funding issues … Continue reading IRS Updates its Audit “Campaign” Targets – Who’s on the List?
Foreign Persons Making Gifts to the US – Cash / Wire Transfers / Checks?
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?
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
Taxpayer Wins! Foreign Gift Not Reported: DOJ Concedes he had “Reasonable Cause”
We have had a taxpayer win in the foreign information reporting arena! I provide a summary of the case of Mr. Krzysztof Wrzesinski below. For readers who wish more, the taxpayer’s complaint is here. Background of the Wrzesinski Case Mr. Wrzesinski (“Taxpayer” or “T”) was a native of Poland who immigrated to the United States … Continue reading Taxpayer Wins! Foreign Gift Not Reported: DOJ Concedes he had “Reasonable Cause”
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
Free for You: My Cross-Border Tax Presentation for the Financial Planning Association
On March 15, I was delighted to present cross-border tax topics of interest for the Financial Planning Association (FPA). FPA is a well-known membership organization for certified financial planner professionals and those engaged in the financial planning process. It provides its members with practice support, learning, advocacy, and networking. As a tax professional, with 40 … Continue reading Free for You: My Cross-Border Tax Presentation for the Financial Planning Association
Treaty Tie-Breaker is an FBAR Escape Hatch, Says the Court!
It has been the position of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) that a “Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts” (Form 114), commonly called the “FBAR”, must still be filed to report any foreign accounts, despite a green card holder’s treaty tie-breaker claim. It came as a big surprise to me that the United States … Continue reading Treaty Tie-Breaker is an FBAR Escape Hatch, Says the Court!
BREAKING! US Supreme Court — FBAR “Nonwillful” Penalty is Per Form and NOT Per Account
What we have all been waiting for! Bittner v. United States was just decided hours ago by the United States Supreme Court! An amazing taxpayer win. It is late here in the Middle East, so I provide only the information you need to know! You can read the full case here. The Bank Secrecy Act … Continue reading BREAKING! US Supreme Court — FBAR “Nonwillful” Penalty is Per Form and NOT Per Account