Tax Primer: US Expats & Foreigners

Everything you need to know about US tax is right here at your fingertips!  My primer provides information for overseas Americans and green card holders on US tax obligations including Income Tax, Estate Tax and Gift Tax as well as IRS reporting requirements and State income tax. It also provides detailed information for foreign individuals … Continue reading Tax Primer: US Expats & Foreigners

The Sky’s the Limit: FBAR Penalty Win for IRS – New Case Upholds 50% of Account Balance

I have been keeping readers up to date with the current controversy surrounding imposition of an FBAR penalty for “willful” violations.  Two courts have limited the FBAR “willfulness” penalty to $100,000 because the Department of Treasury did not update the relevant regulations to match the statute as revised by Congress in 2004.  Essentially the dispute … Continue reading The Sky’s the Limit: FBAR Penalty Win for IRS – New Case Upholds 50% of Account Balance

The FATCA Goose Lays a Rotten Egg: Treasury Watchdog Lambasts IRS & US Supreme Court Denies Relief

I have blogged extensively about the “Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act” (FATCA) in the past.  Most of my readers know that FATCA was enacted in 2010 but has taken years to implement. The law requires foreign (non-US) financial institutions (FFIs) to report financial accounts owned by US persons (including through entities) to the Internal Revenue … Continue reading The FATCA Goose Lays a Rotten Egg: Treasury Watchdog Lambasts IRS & US Supreme Court Denies Relief

Second Court Bars IRS from Assessing FBAR “Willful” Penalty in Excess of $100,000

Another court just slammed the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), limiting the “willful” FBAR penalty to $100,000.  Another taxpayer victory took place last week in United States v. Wadhan, (Civil Action No. 17-CV-1287-MSK District Court, District of Colorado July 18, 2018). The Wadhan’s failed to file or filed inaccurate so-called FBARs for 2008, 2009, and 2010.  … Continue reading Second Court Bars IRS from Assessing FBAR “Willful” Penalty in Excess of $100,000

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”