Bye-Bye Shell Companies! Beneficial Ownership Reporting Now Required by the USA 

It’s finally here!  We now have a new law mandating creation of a national database of beneficial owners of US businesses (and foreign businesses registered to do business in the US).  It’s been a long time in coming and is being hailed as a huge anti-corruption and anti-money laundering reform .  There have been several … Continue reading Bye-Bye Shell Companies! Beneficial Ownership Reporting Now Required by the USA 

What a Mess: Debt Forgiveness and the American Abroad  

Imagine you are an American taxpayer living overseas. Like so many other Americans you are facing financial hardships wrought by COVID-19.  You have a car loan you cannot pay and mounting credit card debt. Like an angel from above, your creditors agree to forever forgive some of the amounts you otherwise owe them.  You cannot … Continue reading What a Mess: Debt Forgiveness and the American Abroad  

IRS Stealth: Delinquent Information Submission Procedure Penalties May Apply Without Considering “Reasonable Cause” Statement

On November 5, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) made life more difficult for taxpayers who may have missed some foreign information return filings.  The IRS quietly revised one of the four options to correct for missing information returns with respect to a US taxpayer’s interest in any offshore/foreign assets and holdings (e.g., Form 8938, Form … Continue reading IRS Stealth: Delinquent Information Submission Procedure Penalties May Apply Without Considering “Reasonable Cause” Statement

Foreign Trust Forms 3520 and 3520-A Penalties: A Potential Gold Mine for the IRS

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is looking for money.  As part of the hunt, it has instituted various “campaigns” (full list here) aimed at areas in which there is greater taxpayer noncompliance that may involve significant tax dollars and penalties. One such campaign involves the failure by a US person to file complex information-reporting tax … Continue reading Foreign Trust Forms 3520 and 3520-A Penalties: A Potential Gold Mine for the IRS

Expatriation – IRS Told to Get Tough and Enforce the Law

The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) recently issued its report “More Enforcement and a Centralized Compliance Efforts Are Required for Expatriation Provisions”, (Reference Number: 2020-30-071, September 28,2020) telling the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) that it needs to do more to make sure that the rising number of US citizens and long term residents … Continue reading Expatriation – IRS Told to Get Tough and Enforce the Law

Section 965 Transition Tax – Enforcement & Audits Begin Next Month

By now most of my readers will have some familiarity with  Internal Revenue Code Section 965, and the “deemed repatriation” or “transition tax” introduced by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (“TCJA”) in 2017.  My earlier blog post provided significant detail about this new tax law provision which is intended to move the US international tax … Continue reading Section 965 Transition Tax – Enforcement & Audits Begin Next Month

2020 Tax Returns & Latest Crypto Developments – In the Crosshairs

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) just recently released the 2020 draft Form 1040.  In your face right on page one, on a separately colored block: “At any time during 2020, did you receive, sell, send, exchange or otherwise acquire any financial interest in any virtual currency?”  This question first appeared for the 2019 tax return, but … Continue reading 2020 Tax Returns & Latest Crypto Developments – In the Crosshairs

Seriously? IRS Assesses US$5.1 Million FBAR Penalty for “Signature Authority”

I have been keeping readers up to date with the current controversy surrounding imposition of an FBAR penalty for “willful” violations – is it limited to a $100,000 cap or can the penalty, if greater, be assessed at 50% of the value of the unreported account? More detailed background on this issue is available at my … Continue reading Seriously? IRS Assesses US$5.1 Million FBAR Penalty for “Signature Authority”

IRS Wants Help on Cryptocurrency Audits – Seeks Private Crypto Gurus

We know that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has been investigating tax evasion and other crimes tied to cryptocurrency. The agency has been hard at work for some time in scrutinizing crypto and for the past two years, it has been in  the process of developing and executing investigation techniques to enforce cryptocurrency compliance.  Along … Continue reading IRS Wants Help on Cryptocurrency Audits – Seeks Private Crypto Gurus

COVID-19: IRS Provides “US Trade or Business” / “Permanent Establishment” Relief for Foreign Businesses

As COVID-19 continues to wreak havoc across the globe, individuals and companies are being faced with new and very difficult challenges.  One of the challenges involves unanticipated tax consequences that may arise as a result of travel disruptions and unintended stays in the US due to travel lock-downs.  My earlier blog posts explained the US … Continue reading COVID-19: IRS Provides “US Trade or Business” / “Permanent Establishment” Relief for Foreign Businesses