Author Archives: Patricia Weisgerber

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 ...

AccountingToday Article Provides Tax Primer: “Global Commerce 101”

Owners of small to mid-size U.S. businesses are finding the world is a smaller place, which can be very good for business. However, the opportunities of the international marketplace come with additional responsibilities, especially in the area of global taxation. AccountingToday’s July 2016 magazine contains a good “primer” on international business ...

UPDATE: IRS Withdraws Proposed Regulations on Substantiation of Donations in Response to Taxpayer Comments

Back in September of 2015, the Treasury and IRS issued proposed regulations related to section 170(f)(8)(D) providing an alternate framework for substantiating charitable donations. The proposal would require a donee organization to obtain the donor’s taxpayer identification number, along with other identifying information such as name and address. This information ...