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What Happened to the IRS OVDP Website?

Ronald Marini, Tax Advisor

Where you represent as many taxpayers as we do in relation to cleaning up their previously undeclared offshore investments and bank accounts, your are on the IRS’ website daily to review the current elements required by the IRS to qualify for an OVDP (Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program) filing or an OVDP streamline filing.

You can imagine my surprise when my desktop link to each relevant IRS OVDP page, that I’ve been using for the last 8 years no longer worked.

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The OVDP Program May End After 2017

Ron Marini

U.S. taxpayers who have foreign bank and/or financial accounts should be watching the clock. The window to voluntarily report foreign accounts in order to mitigate IRS penalties may be ending after 2017.

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Recklessness = Willful Failure To File FBAR

Ron Marini

A district court has found that the taxpayers’ failure to timely file a Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts Report (FBAR) was willful where, among other things, they stopped employing a bookkeeper or keeping any books after opening a foreign bank account and made several misrepresentations under penalty of perjury when they applied to participate in IRS’s Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program (OVDP).

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Enrollment In IRS Disclosure Programs Surpasses 100,000 Mark

Ephraim Moss

The IRS announced that over 100,000 taxpayers have now participated in its disclosure programs, which have been available to delinquent filers since 2009. More specifically, according to the IRS, 55,800 taxpayers have used the Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program (OVDP) to resolve their tax obligations, paying more than $9.9 billion in taxes, interest and penalties, while an additional 48,000 taxpayers have used the Streamlined Procedures, paying approximately $450 million.

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Ex-Swiss Banker Heads To Trial For Conspiracy To Evade Taxes

Ron Marini

We posted 144 Offshore Banks & Now Financial Advisors Are Turning Over Your Names To The IRS where we discussed the Government has added 47 more banks and financial advisors to this list bringing the number to 144 total banks and foreign financial advisors. Included in this list as #137 is Stefan Buck (effective 11/15/16).

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Exposé On The Cost For An Accidental American Under FATCA

William Byrnes

An interesting read by the Telegraph that walks an Accidental American through the process of renunciation of American citizenship to avoid paying a life time of US taxes, penalties, interest, and potentially criminal offences for non-filing. Read it here. Excerpts below:

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OVDP Does Not Cause Green Card Holders To Be Deported

Ron Marini

A few years back, we discussed that the U.S. Supreme Court decision on February 21, 2012 decided that lawful permanent residents who have pled guilty to charges related to the filing of false tax returns that resulted in a loss to the government of more than $10,000 have committed aggravated felonies involving fraud or deceit and are subject to deportation (Kawashima v. Holder, U.S., No. 10-577, 2/21/12).

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IRS Nets $10 Billion From More Than 100,000 Taxpayers In The OVDP Programs

Ron Marini

The IRS, in news release IR 2016-137, highlighted the accomplishments of its Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program (OVDP) and encouraged taxpayers with undisclosed offshore accounts to come into compliance with the federal tax obligations. The OVDP and streamlined compliance programs have been used to bring over 100,000 taxpayers into compliance and have brought in over $10 billion in taxes, interest, and penalties.

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144 Offshore Banks & Now Financial Advisors Are Turning Over Your Names To The IRS – What Are Your Waiting For?

Ron Marini

On May 26, 2016 we posted 97 Offshore Banks Are Turning Over Your Names To The IRS – What Are Your Waiting For? and since then, the Government has added 47 more banks and financial advisors to this list bringing the number to 144 offshore banks and foreign financial advisors. The IRS keeps updating its list of foreign banks which are turning over the names of their U.S. Account Holders, who are now subject to a 50% (rather than 27.5%) penalty in the IRS’s Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program (OVDP). This penalty is based on the highest account balance measured over up to eight years.

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IRS CI Changes Phone & Fax Numbers for OVDP Preclearance!

Ron Marini

So here I am just another 59-year-old tax attorney who is sure that technology has it out for him, sitting in my office trying to get a few more cases moving forward while I wait for the Labor Day weekend, and I’m trying to fax (267) 941-1115 (the OVDP preclearance number) a preclearance for yet another client who wants to enter the OVDP program.

Naturally, I’m waiting for my E-Fax confirmation that this request for preclearance has gone through to the IRS and today I received not 1 but 2 messages that my E-Fax, that I rely on for communicating with the IRS, was not able to deliver either of my faxed requests.

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OVDP Is Not The Only Option For Taxpayers With Undisclosed Foreign Bank Accounts!

Ronald Marini

With the implementation of FATCA, the ongoing efforts of the IRS and the Department of Justice to ensure compliance by those with U.S. tax obligations have raised awareness of U.S. tax and information reporting obligations with respect to non-U.S. investments.

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97 Offshore Banks Are Giving Names To The IRS—What Are You Waiting For?

The IRS keeps updating its list of foreign banks which are turning over the names of their U.S. account holders. These people are now subject to a 50% (rather than 27.5%) penalty in the IRS Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program (OVDP). This penalty is based on the highest account balance measured over up to eight years.

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