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How to Avoid Big Fines for FBAR Violations

If you were previously unaware of your obligation to file Foreign Bank Account Reports (FBARs), you have a strong argument that your conduct was non-willful, which could qualify you for reduced penalties under the Streamlined Filing Compliance Procedures. However, once you are aware of your obligations, you can no longer turn a blind eye to […]

Exceptions to The Three-Year Statute of Limitations for IRS Tax Audits

The general rule of the IRS is to audit returns that have been filed in the last three years. Because of this, some taxpayers may breathe a sigh of relief once the three-year period has expired, but the rules regarding the statute of limitations are not quite that simple. There are circumstances where the IRS […]

How to Respond When the IRS Makes a Mistake

Charged with administering, enforcing, and collecting taxes from millions of Americans, the IRS understandably makes mistakes. If the IRS is trying to charge you penalties or assess taxes incorrectly, or is attempting to seize your bank account or put a lien on your house, you have options for disputing the IRS action and arguing your […]

South Carolina Bank Involved in Employment Tax Fraud Scheme

The former Vice President of a South Carolina-based bank has pleaded guilty to conspiring to defraud the United States by participating in an employment tax fraud scheme that resulted in over $1 million in unpaid payroll taxes. This case shows that the Department of Justice will go after those who are complicit in employment tax […]

Should I Wait to Disclose My Offshore Accounts?

If you aware that you have unreported foreign financial accounts that expose you to liability for Foreign Bank Account Report (FBAR) or Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) violations, you should carefully consider the risks of waiting to disclose your offshore accounts, including the following: The IRS does not have to continue to offer offshore […]

What is an IRS Summons?

An IRS summons is an official order to produce information or provide testimony to aid in an IRS investigation. Summonses may be issued to the taxpayer being investigated or to third parties who may have information that the IRS wants to use in the investigation. If you receive a summons, you should immediately consult with […]

What is IRS Tax Lien Subordination?

Once the IRS files a federal tax lien, all other creditors or potential buyers have notice of the lien.  If someone buys your home, they will be buying the home subject to the lien unless you are able to negotiate a lien discharge. If you attempt to refinance your home, you will run into difficulties […]

Can I Sell My Home Subject to a Federal Tax Lien?

Shortly after you fail to comply with an official demand for payment of your tax debt from the IRS, a secret lien attaches to all of your real property and personal property. However, the IRS can also file an official notice of federal tax lien on your home, and other property at the county recorder’s […]

What Happens After I Receive an IRS Notice?

The IRS sends taxpayers millions of notices per year. Whenever you receive correspondence from the IRS you should read it carefully and attempt to understand what the IRS is trying to tell you. This can be difficult because some notices are unclear to those who do are not familiar with tax laws or IRS procedures. […]

When the 50 Percent Penalty Applies During Offshore Voluntary Disclosure

The Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program (OVDP) normally comes along with an “offshore penalty” equal to 27.5 percent of the highest aggregate account balance of the previously unreported foreign financial assets. However, the penalty is increased to 50 percent for taxpayers who have accounts at foreign financial institutions that are under investigation by the IRS or […]

How Does Living Overseas Impact Your FBAR and FATCA Obligations?

U.S. taxpayers who live overseas may still have a Foreign Bank Account Report (FBAR) and form 8938 filing report for their foreign financial accounts. In general, your FBAR obligations will not be impacted by the fact that you live overseas. If you are a U.S. person and your aggregate account balance of foreign accounts exceeded […]

What is the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act?

The Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) sets reporting requirements for both foreign financial insinuations and U.S. taxpayers who hold specified foreign assets. If your foreign financial institution is in a country that has an agreement with the United States, then you will be asked whether or not you are a U.S. person for tax […]

What Expats Should Know About Their U.S. Tax Obligations

Expats may decide to leave the U.S. due to work, retirement, or other reasons. Tax reduction may also be a motivation for moving to a foreign country, but the United States uses citizenship-based taxation. Therefore, the taxpayer still has a continuing obligation to file and pay U.S. taxes (although they may be eligible for some […]

Are Dual Citizens Required to File FBARs?

Dual citizens, along with all other “United States persons”, must file a Report of Foreign Bank Accounts (FBAR) if the aggregate value of their foreign financial accounts exceeds $10,000 at any time during the year. This requirement applies to U.S. citizens, residents, green card holders, and those who must file taxes because they are substantially […]

What is a “Financial Interest” in a Foreign Accounts for FBAR Purposes?

Any United States person with a financial interest in or signature authority over a foreign financial account, where the aggregate value of all foreign financial accounts exceeds $10,000 at any point during the year, must file a Foreign Bank Account Report (FBAR). These terms can be difficult to apply in some situations, and can lead […]

The Tax Consequences of Inheriting Foreign Assets

U.S. taxpayers who inherit foreign assets must handle the tax consequences of their inheritances with great care. In addition to taxing all worldwide income, the U.S. also includes foreign assets in the gift and estate tax calculation, which determines whether estate tax will be assessed. Heirs who receive foreign assets also have to consider their […]

What Is the Statute of Limitations for FBAR Penalties?

The IRS has six years from the due date of the FBAR to assess the FBAR penalty. In addition, the IRS can assess a separate penalty for each unreported account for each tax year that an FBAR has not been filed, causing the total amount of penalties to add up quickly for some taxpayers. The […]

How Does the IRS Collect FBAR Penalties?

The IRS imposes severe penalties on taxpayers who fail to file a Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts (FBAR). Those who are required to file an FBAR and fail to do so can face the following penalties: a civil penalty not to exceed $12,459 per violation for non-willful violations that are not due to […]

Former IRS Revenue Officer Gets Prison Time for Tax Evasion

A former IRS revenue officer used his knowledge of the tax system to evade more than $573,000 in taxes over a 16-year period. Henti Lucian Baird hid his income—which was ironically made as a tax consultant—in bank accounts that he created in the names of his children. He has been sentenced to 43 months in […]

Which Option Should You Use to Settle Your Tax Debt?

Choosing the wrong option to settle your tax debt can be a very costly error. If you apply for an installment agreement, when you could have eliminated some of your debt with an Offer in Compromise, it could end up costing you thousands, and you can’t expect the IRS to notify you of your alternative […]

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