The Unreported Offshore Account – Still Alive After Death & Plaguing Executors and Heirs

My blog post reproduced below was originally posted on AngloInfo "Let's Talk About US Tax" Posted on October 12, 2015 by Virginia La Torre Jeker J.D., When someone dies owning an unreported financial account, the heirs and executors of the estate are faced with a serious problem. First, assuming there is undeclared income earned with respect to the … Continue reading The Unreported Offshore Account – Still Alive After Death & Plaguing Executors and Heirs

FBAR “Last Chance” Due Date Soon Here – What to do with Virtual Currency?

The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) had earlier issued an announcement reminding of the due date for filing the 2017 FinCEN Form 114, Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts (the notorious “FBAR”).  The 2017 FBAR relates to foreign financial accounts held at any time during the calendar year 2017. In line with the change in … Continue reading FBAR “Last Chance” Due Date Soon Here – What to do with Virtual Currency?

New FBAR “Willful” Penalty Case: But You Can’t Blame the IRS!  

I don’t have much to say about this case, simply because not much needs to be said. In United States v. Gentges (USDC SDNY Dkt. 7:18-cv-07910), the Government is bringing a lawsuit to collect a “willful” FBAR penalty for the tax year 2007 in an amount close to USD904,000. The penalties relate to two Swiss bank accounts … Continue reading New FBAR “Willful” Penalty Case: But You Can’t Blame the IRS!  

OVDP Ending / IRS To Announce New Procedures

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) reminded taxpayers yesterday that they have until September 28 to apply for the Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program (OVDP). In March, the IRS announced the program would end on the 28th of this month. The IRS has made clear that it will continue to hold taxpayers with undisclosed offshore holdings accountable after … Continue reading OVDP Ending / IRS To Announce New Procedures

Kotholos – New Case Shows IRS Aggression in Asserting FBAR “Willful” Penalty

I have been blogging recently (here and here) about the IRS’ aggressive stance in determining what constitutes a taxpayer’s “willful” failure to file an FBAR and the fact that mounting court cases show the judiciary is buying in to the IRS’ position.  Courts appear to be more easily upholding a finding of “willfulness” when it … Continue reading Kotholos – New Case Shows IRS Aggression in Asserting FBAR “Willful” Penalty

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”