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Does Your Client Have A Foreign Trust? Is The Form 3520 Nightmare Happening To Your Tax Clients?

Gary Carter

(NOTE: This important article is reposted in case anyone missed it over the July 4th weekend. Is this happening to your tax clients?)

It was early on a Monday morning, and I dragged myself in after a long weekend of reg. buzzing and Code section perusing. I was not looking forward to the day. I played a message on my answering machine that made me want to return home and crawl back into bed. It was left in the middle of the previous night by a crazed and panicked client living in Norway. She had just gotten a CP15 Notice from the IRS that said she had been charged a penalty in the amount of $10,000 under Section 6677 of the Internal Revenue Code (IRC) for failure to file Form 3520-A, under the requirements of IRC Section 6048(b).

The client was the owner of a foreign trust, and I knew we had properly filed Form 3520, “Annual Return to Report Transactions With Foreign Trusts and Receipt of Certain Foreign Gifts.” Foreign trusts with U.S. owners have the responsibility to file Form 3520-A, “Annual Information Return of Foreign Trust With a U.S. Owner,” which few of them do. So since IRC Section 6048(b) requires the owner of a foreign trust to ensure that this happens, we attached “substitute” Form 3520-A to Form 3520, in accordance with the instructions to Form 3520. Form 3520 and the attached substitute Form 3520-A were filed in August, but we had filed an automatic extension for the client’s tax return, which, according to the instructions to Form 3520, also extended the filing date for Form 3520.

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Foreign Trusts and Installment Sales

Introduction

A United States Settlor of an irrevocable Foreign Trust having a United States beneficiary is deemed to be the owner of the Foreign Trust. Subject to statutory exceptions, the Settlor is the taxable party regardless of whether the Settlor has released all dominion and control of the trust assets by an irrevocable transfer and the right to alter, amend, or modify the trust document. This is the income tax treatment of a United States Settlor by Section 679 of the Code. (1) Because the Settlor is treated as the owner of the trust assets, the transfer of appreciated assets to a Foreign Trust does not occasion a taxable event as contemplated by Section 684 of the Code. Read more

Trustee of Foreign Trust And Enforcement Jurisdiction

Introduction

Enforcement jurisdiction principles can be of great significance to a foreign trust. As was set forth in a previous writing, (TaxConnections, Foreign Trusts and Legal Risks, December 24, 2013) some of the most sought benefits are dependent upon their ability to maintain their status in accordance with the laws of the sovereign. This writing will focus upon the foreign trustee that is essential to this demarcation.

Third party judgment creditors and revenue judgments of foreign governments utilize enforcement procedures that function from enforcement jurisdiction. Enforcement jurisdiction is a sovereign’s power to induce or compel or to punish noncompliance with its laws or Read more