I have been keeping readers up to date with the current controversy surrounding imposition of an FBAR penalty for “willful” violations. Here’s an overview of where we are to date. “Willful” Penalty Ceiling: The Cases So Far Last year, two district courts had limited the FBAR “willfulness” penalty to $100,000 because the Department of Treasury did … Continue reading IRS Hits the Jackpot: Another District Court Rejects $100,000 Cap on FBAR Penalty
As many will remember, the Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program (OVDP) closed on September 28th with the promise that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) would issue new guidance on voluntary disclosures made after that date. The guidance just arrived in the form of a 5-page Memorandum by Kristen B. Wielobob, Deputy Commissioner for Services and Enforcement, … Continue reading It’s Finally Here: The IRS Bible for Voluntary Disclosures
In a recent FBAR case involving an unreported foreign account maintained at none other than UBS in Switzerland, the court was called upon to decide whether the FBAR civil “willful” penalty assessed against the taxpayer survived his death. The case is United States v. Schoenfeld (Middle District, Fla. 3:16-cv-1248-J-34PDB), dated 9/25/18, and the court order … Continue reading Recent Case “Willful” FBAR Penalty: Even Death is No Escape!
Henry Seggerman has first-hand experience with this type of situation. Without hesitation, my guess is that he’ll tell you to get the Estate into an IRS Voluntary Disclosure Program (“VDP”). Here is the tale of the unenviable case of the Seggermans! Henry was the son of a prominent New York businessman who passed away. Henry was … Continue reading What if Someone Dies Owning an Undeclared Foreign Financial Account? What Should The Executor & Heirs Do?
Below is a copy of my post as it appeared (May 21 2018) on my former blog "Let's Talk About US Tax" hosted by AngloInfo. We had a very interesting case decided May 16 2018 when a district court in Texas granted Dominique Colliot’s motion for summary judgment (United States, v. Dominique G. Colliot). The … Continue reading Can You Claim a Refund of Your “Willful” FBAR Penalty?
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!
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
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
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
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