Category Archives: FBAR

International Tax Issues Are A Major Focus of Newest Launch of IRS Compliance Campaigns in 2017

by Attorney Patricia Weisgerber, LL.M. Earlier this year, the IRS Large Business and International division (LB&I) rolled out 13 compliance campaigns[1] to target both individual taxpayers and corporations for examinations on certain tax compliance issues. On November 3, 2017, IRS announced the identification of an additional 11 compliance campaigns ...

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 ...

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 ...

U.S. Citizens Retiring Abroad: “Tax Trigger” Situations and Related Disclosure Forms

The following is a bolded checklist of important situations that may “trigger” a tax review by a skilled United States tax professional. Many of these situations also require a simultaneous review by a foreign tax professional. It is generally best practice for these tax professionals to work together to minimize ...

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 ...

Jerry Lucente Speaks

Jerry Lucente is a Small Business/Self Employed Territory Manager with the North Atlantic Region of IRS, which includes the six New England states, New York and New Jersey. He is responsible for four groups at IRS that comprise about 100 employees. On Tuesday, December 15, 2015, Jerry spoke informally at ...

Retiring Abroad: The Lure of the Exotic, the Chore of U.S. Tax Compliance

For anyone who has watched the movie “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel,” the idea of retiring overseas may be tempting. Glamorous locales exist around the world with warm sands, fragrant breezes and stunning sunsets where pensions and retirement savings stretch much further than in the States. Publications like Forbes and ...

Do Recent FBAR Changes Indicate a Softening of the IRS’ Stance Toward Taxpayers with Foreign Financial Accounts?

Bring up the topic of FBARs (Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts) with someone who has foreign financial accounts and the conversation will most likely take a nosedive. With an enforcement regime which can apply severe penalties for non-willful as well as willful violations, many taxpayers with small accounts ...

Update on IRS Treatment of Civil FBAR Penalties: A Move Toward Fairness

Recently, the IRS released an internal memorandum to employees providing interim guidance on FBAR (Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts) penalties. It reminds IRS examiners that when they assert FBAR penalties, the penalty amounts established under Title 31 are maximum penalty amounts. The memorandum also emphasizes the point that ...