The short-term highway funding extension was passed by the Senate and the House of Representatives and was signed into law by President Obama on July 31, 2015. It contains several important tax provisions (H.R. 3236 (https://www.congress.gov/114/bills/hr3236/BILLS-114hr3236ih.pdf)). The bill changes the due dates for several common tax returns, overrules the Supreme Court’s Home Concrete decision, mandates the reporting of additional information on mortgage information statements, and requires consistent basis reporting between estates and beneficiaries.
Broadly speaking, the act establishes new due dates for partnership and C corporation returns, as well as FinCEN Form 114, Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts (FBAR), and several other IRS information returns: Read More
Each U.S. person who has a financial interest in or signature or other authority over any foreign financial accounts (including bank, securities, or other types of financial accounts in a foreign country) must report that relationship to the U.S. government each calendar year if the aggregate value of these financial accounts exceeds $10,000 at any time during the calendar year.
The government uses this reporting mechanism as a means of uncovering hidden foreign accounts and ensuring that investment income earned in foreign countries by U.S. taxpayers is included on their U.S. tax returns. The Treasury Department has placed a new emphasis on foreign accounts, and taxpayers with a financial connection to a foreign country should determine whether or not they have a reporting requirement. Read More
This May Be Your One Last Opportunity to Avoid Criminal Prosecution and Increased Civil Penalties!
Since July 1, 2014, the most feared U.S. legislation regarding international tax enforcement – Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (“FATCA”) – is being implemented by most banks around the world. As part of this compliance, foreign banks from around the world are sending letters to account holders that they believe have, or had, a U.S. tax nexus (or other U.S. connection) requesting information to determine whether such account holders have disclosed their foreign bank accounts to the IRS. The letters from foreign banks generally require an account holder to disclose whether the account has been declared to the IRS through the filing of a Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Read More
A Look At The Certification For Non-Willfulness In Streamlined Procedures
Growing up, your mother probably resorted to sweetness to get you to confess to the broken window she knows your baseball caused. It was easier for you to take the blame then because her words were comforting and put your mind at ease. Well, the IRS has resorted to something quite similar.
On June 18, 2014, it announced changes to its offshore voluntary compliance programs to accommodate the needs of individuals whose failure to report overseas accounts wasn’t willful. Three options were offered as a result: Read More
United States citizens, residents and other persons must annually report their direct or indirect financial interest in, or signature authority over, a financial account that is maintained with a financial institution located in a foreign country if, for any calendar year, the aggregate value of all foreign accounts exceeded $ 10,000 at any time during the year. The maximum value of an account is the largest amount of currency – and non-monetary assets – that appear on any quarterly or more frequent account statement issued for the applicable year.
The seminar issue in cases involving a failure to file an FBAR is whether the taxpayer should disclose the foreign account by amending the original tax return and filing a delinquent FBAR or by participating in the Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program. The objective of the Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program is to bring taxpayers that have used Read More