In a new decision, the Tax Court upheld heavy penalties imposed by the IRS on a U.S. expat taxpayer who failed to report his ownership in two foreign corporations. The decision certainly serves as a cautionary tale for expats – the IRS is serious about foreign reporting and the U.S. court system has its back.
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Yesterday, we started this blog post to hopefully encourage those with U.S. tax issues to consider whether they can deal with minor/unintentional FBAR violations as a “stand alone single problem”. There may be no need to escalate and expand one single problem into a multi-dimensional full blown tax problem that may end up with unintended and unanticipated costly professional fees as well as undue time spent! Read on and learn why. Keeping a calm head is most important, even if it is most difficult to do in the face of the scary situation of not being in compliance with the U.S. tax and regulatory regime.
We’ve blogged a number of times in the past about the foreign earned income exclusion (“FEIE”), because it is one of the main tax relief measures available to expats filing U.S. tax returns. Expats qualifying for the FEIE may be able to exclude all or part of their foreign salary or wages from their income when filing their return – so its importance can’t be overstated.
For this blog post, we bring an interview with Keith Redmond, a Multi-Cultural Global Management Executive working with cross cultural issues for over 20 years, who is currently the International Senior Consultant at Leaders Across Borders.
Keith is an American overseas, based in France. He has strong views about the harm of FATCA unfairly punishing a large group of Americans who are living overseas. He is fighting for these views by testifying in Congress in January.
As this year’s tax season heads towards its end, we continue to see more and more self-filers who have received notices from the IRS reassessing their tax liabilities due to mistakes or miscalculations on their original returns. In many cases, the filers should have no tax liability, but a missing form or incorrect information triggers a hefty IRS tax bill.
If you are an American living abroad, you may have taken advantage of the automatic 6-month tax filing extension by filing Form 4868 by the original due date of your return (April or June 15). If so, now is the time to get moving on your tax return filing. October 17th is just around the corner!
In what is being hailed as a landmark decision, the U.S. Tax Court recently sided with a pair of whistleblowers who provided information that assisted the U.S. government in a high-stakes tax evasion investigation. The decision allowed the whistleblowers for the first time to collect a percentage of the taxpayer’s criminal penalties and civil forfeitures, in addition to the unpaid taxes recovered by the IRS.
On September 30, 2015, we posted Judge Denies Injunctive Relief for FATCA Implementation!, where we discussed that an Ohio federal judge said that Senator Rand Paul, R-Ky., and others do not have standing in a challenge to the offshore financial account tax enforcement measures enacted in the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act and they were not likely to succeed on the merits in the case. The case is Crawford v. U.S. Dep’t of Treasury, S.D. Ohio, No. 3:15-cv-00250, 9/29/15.
U.S. citizens (or even green cardholders) resident in Canada who are contributors (or a joint contributor) to their children’s RESP (Registered Educational Savings Plan) may have U.S. reporting issues.
Over the past several, years, the U.S. government has signed intergovernmental agreements (IGAs) with dozens of partner countries (83 altogether at latest count), which are designed to promote the implementation of the FATCA law requiring financial institutions (mainly banks and investment houses) outside the U.S. to report information on financial accounts held by their U.S. customers to the IRS.
A number of clients have asked us whether a U.S. expat can receive a tax refund from the IRS despite living overseas. While the answer to this question can be nuanced depending on the circumstances, the general rule is that living overseas does not preclude an expat from entitlement to a refund that is otherwise due to the individual.
A tax advisory law & chartered accounting firm created a chart which estimated the amount of time U.S. expats spend filing their statutory tax declarations.
An analysis of the chart provided by Moodys Gartner, considering only the most common types of forms that need to be filed annually for most expats, indicate that it takes roughly 106 hours or 13 working days to for expats to complete the necessary forms for their annual U.S. tax filings. Read more