Author Archives: Patricia Weisgerber

The Importance of Timely Electing Your Foreign Earned Income Exclusion

by Attorney Patricia Weisgerber, LL.M. Life as an American living abroad can conjure idyllic notions of painting en plein air in Paris or negotiating a last minute deal in Brussels. Not so idyllic, however, is the reality of filing U.S. tax returns from overseas. One of U.S. taxpayers living abroad is ...

SCORE! for the Boston Bruins – Jacobs v. Commissioner

by Attorney Patricia Weisgerber, LLM Like Napolean recognizing that an army marches on its stomach, the owners of the Boston Bruins know a hockey team needs to be well-fed to ensure optimal performance on game day. So, when the Bruins go on the road to play away-games, management plans ahead. With ...

FBAR Penalties Now Adjusted for Inflation: Abatement/Mitigation Still Possible

If you haven’t filed your Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts (FBARs) on a timely basis, you could be at risk of a higher civil penalty assessment. Inflation-adjusted FBAR penalties are now in effect. New FBAR Civil Penalties Framework The statutory civil penalties most people are familiar with, and as reflected ...

2017 OVDP Declines and Withdrawals Campaign: Certain U.S. Taxpayers at Risk of Audit

In 2016, the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) released a report which assessed how well that IRS was managing the Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program (OVDP). OVDP is one of the programs taxpayers may use to become compliant if they previously had failed to report offshore income on their ...

Taxpayer Tips: Best Practices for U. S. Tax Court

Taxpayers contesting IRS assessments of additional taxes, penalties and interest have a number of different options to contest and appeal those assessments. One of those options includes bringing a case to the United States Tax Court (Tax Court). Here are some Tax Court practice tips for taxpayers:

1. Know What Tax ...

Charitable Contribution Planning: Good Measures to Protect Yourself Against a Charitable Deductions Audit

December is a big month in the U.S. for donations to charity. Americans open their hearts and wallets to charitable organizations who feed the hungry, shelter the homeless and educate our youth as well as to many other worthy causes. Philanthropy has been part an important part of the American ...

Fair Warning: Artwork, Private Foundations, and Self-Dealing

The weekend has ended and Art Basel - Miami 2016 has concluded. To many U.S. taxpayers, it’s just another Monday, but to serious collectors who attended this vibrant art fair focused on contemporary paintings and sculptures, this was a major event. Now faced with anticipated shipments and bills, those who ...

Taxes and Divorce

Divorce is tough. Even amicable divorces are financially and emotionally draining. The last thing you need is to have tax problems pop up as a result of divorce proceedings. To avoid such problems here’s a list of some top tax considerations to keep in mind: Deductible Fees If you itemize your deductions ...

The 5% Solution: IRS Revenue Procedure 2016-42 Provides Relief for the Probability of Exhaustion Test

Charitable Remainder Annuity Trusts (CRATs) can be a very effective charitable planning tool. Choosing to fund a CRAT can remove assets from the estate of the donor, provide a reliable income stream for a family member and result in income and estate tax benefits through the charitable contribution deduction. To obtain these ...

New Relief for Meeting the 60-Day Limit for IRA and Retirement Plan Rollovers

IRA and retirement plan rollovers are common occurrences, but they can be confusing. There a variety of rules and procedures which must be followed and mistakes may be costly. In addition to the potential for the rollover payment to become subject to income tax, it may also be subject to the 10% penalty tax ...