Cryptocurrency – Criminal Investigations have Commenced!

First, a special thank you to Steve Phillips, a tax & business lawyer in Texas, who alerted me to this recent development. According to an Internal Revenue Service (IRS) special agent, Mr. Chris Hueston, the IRS has now officially begun investigations into tax evasion and other crimes tied to cryptocurrency. The announcement made on November … Continue reading Cryptocurrency – Criminal Investigations have Commenced!

IRS Eye on You! Newest Campaign: Repatriation Tax (IRC Section 965)

Most of my readers have heard about Internal Revenue Code Section 965, and the “deemed repatriation” or “transition tax” introduced by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (“TCJA”).  My earlier blog post provided significant detail about this tax law provision which was intended to move the US international tax regime into a “territorial system”.  In making … Continue reading IRS Eye on You! Newest Campaign: Repatriation Tax (IRC Section 965)

Ground-Breaking Development: IRS “Amnesty” Relief for Certain Expatriates!

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced today new Relief Procedures for Certain Former Citizens that will enable certain individuals who relinquished their US citizenship to come into compliance with their US tax and filing obligations. These lucky individuals will not have to pay the back taxes otherwise owed, or any penalties or interest!  It sounds … Continue reading Ground-Breaking Development: IRS “Amnesty” Relief for Certain Expatriates!

Did you Join OVDP? You’d Better Still be in Tax Compliance!

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has now expanded its compliance campaigns and included “post Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program compliance” on the list. On July 19th, the IRS through its Large Business and International (LB&I) Division announced six new “compliance campaigns” for taxpayers. Significantly, one of these campaigns targets taxpayers who had entered an Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program (OVDP) … Continue reading Did you Join OVDP? You’d Better Still be in Tax Compliance!

Gifts & Bequests from Former Americans – Beware that Trojan Horse

Former US citizens or long term permanent residents who are giving up (or previously gave up) their US status, have far more than just the "Exit Tax" to worry about. They must also consider the impact the expatriation will have on their US family members and other intended US beneficiaries. I'm still waiting for more … Continue reading Gifts & Bequests from Former Americans – Beware that Trojan Horse

Court Slams IRS: Can’t Assess More Than $100,000 “Willful” FBAR Penalty

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) must be fuming over the recent court decision in United States v. Colliot (W.D. Texas, Austin Division, Case No. AU-16-CA-01281-SS).  The case was initiated by the US Government to reduce to judgment outstanding civil penalties assessed against Ms. Colliot for her “repeated and willful failures to timely file” an FBAR for the … Continue reading Court Slams IRS: Can’t Assess More Than $100,000 “Willful” FBAR Penalty

FBAR “Willful” Penalty: New Case, Taxpayer “Charged With Knowledge”

I blogged recently about the fact that mounting court cases have given the stamp of approval for the Government to meet a lower “burden of proof” in demonstrating that a taxpayer “willfully” failed to file an FBAR.  The “burden of proof” refers to which party is responsible for putting forth evidence and, the level of evidence … Continue reading FBAR “Willful” Penalty: New Case, Taxpayer “Charged With Knowledge”

The J5 International Tax Hunt is On….

Many countries are waking up to the fact that offshore structures, financial instruments, cryptocurrency and other advances in technology, when inappropriately used, are fast outwitting their tax collectors. This wake-up was eventually accompanied by the realization that there is more power in collaboration and in numbers. Who or What is the “J5”? The “Organization for … Continue reading The J5 International Tax Hunt is On….

Form 5472 – Everything You Need To Know (Part I)

This tax filing season brought a wave of questions about Form 5472.  Interest in this complex form was renewed because of recent Treasury Regulations requiring that it be filed by single-member US LLC’s that are foreign owned. Prior to the issuance of these regulations, a single member foreign-owned US LLC was treated as a tax … Continue reading Form 5472 – Everything You Need To Know (Part I)

Form 5472 – Everything You Need To Know (Part II)

Last week’s blog post covered some basics about Form 5472, including how the Form helps the US Internal Revenue Service (IRS) learn about foreign-owned businesses in the US and when to audit them, the meanings of certain terms such as what is meant by a “reportable transaction” with a “related party”, and the situation requiring filing of … Continue reading Form 5472 – Everything You Need To Know (Part II)