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
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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
The Perfect Storm – US Tax, Community Property & the Mobile International Couple
Last week I blogged about how the US tax system can create serious tax problems for the international couple when one is a US person and the other is not. In order to keep things simple, it is often advised that the couple hold assets separately to avoid nasty US tax complications. However, in some … Continue reading The Perfect Storm – US Tax, Community Property & the Mobile International Couple
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
FBAR Penalties – US v. Molyneux and the Big Fat Money Grab
The United States Supreme Court has just set the stage for sky high FBAR penalties. How did this happen? Let's take a look - The case of United States v. Toth, No. 21-1009 (1st Cir. 2022) was on appeal to the US Supreme Court. The focus of the appeal was that the FBAR penalty was … Continue reading FBAR Penalties – US v. Molyneux and the Big Fat Money Grab
Mr. FBAR Gets Bolder in Toth – “Deemed Willfulness” for FBAR Violation
Today’s blog post looks again at the Report of Foreign Financial Accounts (Form 114), the well-known “FBAR”. It examines a case of first impression when it comes to finding a “willful” FBAR violation. Before delving into the case, I provide readers with a quick introduction to Mr. FBAR. The FBAR has its genesis in the … Continue reading Mr. FBAR Gets Bolder in Toth – “Deemed Willfulness” for FBAR Violation
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!