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

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

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)

IRS Voluntary Disclosure Practice and Closing Agreement: Understanding the Basics

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Voluntary Disclosure Practice (VDP) is alive and well. Its parameters are set out in Internal Revenue Manual (IRM) provisions dedicated strictly to the VDP.  IRM 9.5.11.9.1 Voluntary Disclosure Practice, is available here.   Under the VDP, the nature and extent of penalties to be assessed against a taxpayer will, to a … Continue reading IRS Voluntary Disclosure Practice and Closing Agreement: Understanding the Basics

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….

Are Streamlined Audits Becoming More Common? The Streamlined Submission that went Belly-Up (Part II)

Are "Streamlined" audits on the rise?  It appears so. In 2016, two years after the Streamlined Procedures were put into place, then-Acting Assistant Attorney General Caroline Ciraolo (Dept. of Justice) had this to say in an interview: "After seven years of voluntary disclosure programs, nearly 200 criminal prosecutions, and the increased assessment and suits to … Continue reading Are Streamlined Audits Becoming More Common? The Streamlined Submission that went Belly-Up (Part II)

What Can Happen if Your Streamlined Submission Goes Belly-Up? (Part I)

The IRS Streamlined Procedure, whether the Streamlined Foreign Offshore Procedure (SFOP) or the Streamlined Domestic Offshore Procedure (SDOP) of 2014 is still available for taxpayers, but the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is apparently closely policing those who enter the program. The IRS is now very carefully vetting the cases coming in. A hallmark of the … Continue reading What Can Happen if Your Streamlined Submission Goes Belly-Up? (Part I)

Prince Harry (Part I) – Does US Citizenship Wait in the Royal Wings? What about the Impact on the Royal Family?

There are good lessons in today's post for any individual who is considering attaining "US status" - be it by obtaining a green card, US citizenship or through extended physical presence in America. The lessons are explained in detail in a 2-part blog post and will be helpful to Prince Harry who may possibly take … Continue reading Prince Harry (Part I) – Does US Citizenship Wait in the Royal Wings? What about the Impact on the Royal Family?

Is the IRS Being Reasonable when it comes to “Reasonable Cause”?

My recent blog post discussed how I approach “streamlined procedure” filings for taxpayers with unreported income, for example, from offshore assets or accounts. Often, the tax noncompliance for such cases involves unfiled international information returns as well.  As discussed in the blog post, I draft the required statement of non-willfulness in such a manner that … Continue reading Is the IRS Being Reasonable when it comes to “Reasonable Cause”?