Posts Tagged ‘Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts (FBAR)’

IRS Getting Tougher on Undisclosed Bank Accounts

Wednesday, November 7th, 2012

If you have unreported foreign bank accounts and assets, you will want to rethink your current status when you see how high the IRS is raising the stakes. A recent Forbes article by Robert W. Wood titled “Forbes Undisclosed Foreign Bank Accounts? They’re Even More Explosive Now“ makes clear how the Agency is using its generous resources to go after and prosecute tax evaders who, in spite of several years
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Doctor Sentenced for Failing to File FBAR Reports

Wednesday, February 1st, 2012

Michael Reiss, New Jersey doctor, professor and medical researcher, was sentenced on January 11, 2012 for failing to report his offshore (UBS) bank accounts. According to the IRS, Reiss was sentenced to eight months in a community confinement center for failing to file Reports of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts (FBAR) with the IRS. Reiss pleaded guilty in August 2011 and agreed to pay back taxes of at least $400,000
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More Wealthy Americans Need Tax Help

Monday, January 16th, 2012

The IRS just released a study showing a rise of under-reporting by American taxpayers to the tune of $450 billion dollars in 2006; that’s up $105 billion from the last IRS study that was conducted in 2001.
A Forbes article called New IRS Tax Gap Report: Cheating Still Rampant shows taxpayers have an 83.1% compliance rate. That means that the 17% of American taxpayers who are under-reporting their taxes are contributing
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Offshore Account Holders Beware of IRS Summons

Wednesday, January 4th, 2012

As we always say at Tax Resolution Services “you can run but you can’t hide from the IRS” which was reinforced in a recent Forbes article called IRS Summons? Meet John Doe.  The article shed some light on the “other” way the IRS can find taxpayers suspected of tax debt through what is called the John Doe Summons.  The John Doe Summons works to gather information like:

pursuing investors in tax
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IRS Guidance on Forms for Offshore Foreign Accounts

Friday, December 30th, 2011

With numerous offshore account dramas unfolding recently, the IRS has been taking a closer look at offshore foreign accounts of US taxpayers. Taxpayers who have such financial interests in and/or signature authority over foreign accounts are already required to file a Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts (FBAR) form if the combined value of their financial accounts exceeds $10,000 during the calendar year. Recently IRS sent out a reminder
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Offshore Accounts and Swiss Banks – No Longer a Secret

Friday, December 23rd, 2011

This Tuesday, a deadline passed in which 11 Swiss banks were given an IRS ultimatum to hand over account information and pay billions in fines to avoid US tax evasion prosecution. However, what the banks have not divulged are the claims that they would also have to provide all correspondence of their offshore clients over the last 11 years. An online article from “US tax “ultimatum” has Swiss banks sweating”
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Recent Swiss Bank Disclosure Urges Account Holders to Act Now

Friday, November 18th, 2011

Credit Suisse Group, the second largest bank in Switzerland, announced last Tuesday, November 8 that it was handing over to the IRS the names of offshore bank account holders suspected of tax evasion. Credit Suisse, (the second Swiss bank in the last two years) caved under IRS pressure to collect from financial institutions signifying, quite possibly, the beginning of the end of tax shelters.
Given the aggressive nature of US tax
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Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Initiative Extended to Sept 9

Monday, August 29th, 2011

IRS.gov issued an extension to the 2011 Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Initiative.  The original August 31, 2011 has been extended to September 9th, 2011.
The extension is to give more time due to the impact of Hurricane Irene.  This gives delinquent taxpayers with undisclosed offshore bank accounts extra time to disclose their assets to the IRS.
There is no better time than now to get on this.  FBAR and Offshore Account Disclosure is
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IRS Amnesty Deadline August 31

Wednesday, August 17th, 2011

Foreign Bank Account Report (FBAR) violators be warned that time is running out to report offshore bank accounts.
The time to file is now!

The second (and possibly the last) IRS amnesty program is set to expire on August 31, 2011. We had a recent press release hit about this called Tick, Tock, Tax – IRS Amnesty Program’s August 31st Deadline is Approaching Fast.
With no replacement program on the horizon,
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FBAR Filing Deadline around the Corner

Monday, June 27th, 2011

The FBAR… anyone familiar with that term?  I would assume that most people aren’t, so let me explain. The FBAR is an acronym for the Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts and is actually a form known as the TD F 90-22.1, a pdf directly downloadable from the IRS for your filing convenience.  Kelly Phillips Erb, aka: Tax Girl,  wrote an article for Forbes online explaining the important
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Surgeon and Brother Tried to Hide $1.6M in Offshore Bank and Found That They Were Not Immune to the IRS

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

Offshore banking is not the answer to evading taxes.  Offshore bank accounts- such as those with Swiss banks – have been glamorized in many movies and tv shows as the solution to stashing away extra cash with the idea of avoiding taxes.  If you haven’t been keeping up with the headlines, you may be surprised to find out that the IRS won an agreement that has given them access to an
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Offshore Account Holders Must Act Now for Tax Amnesty to Avoid Severe IRS Penalties and Criminal Prosecution

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009

There been lots of tax news and buzz about the extension of the tax amnesty period for offshore account holders. But something that has not been in the spotlight quite as much is how you will need expert tax help to take advantage of this so-called leniency from the IRS.
Brian Compton, my associate and the President of Tax Resolution Services, was recently interviewed by Rob Lever from the international publication
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Offshore Account Holders Can Still Seek Amnesty from Criminal Prosecution and Lower IRS Penalties Till September 23

Thursday, August 13th, 2009

UBS and the U.S. and Swiss governments are nearing a settlement over the Swiss bank’s forced disclosure of 52,000 names of  U.S. clients suspected of tax evasion.
While the final form of agreement is not yet in place, there are many implications for U.S. taxpayers, including innocent offshore account holders who did not use their Swiss accounts to evade taxes. They may be heavily investigated, so it will be
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IRS Wants to Know About Your Offshore Account

Friday, July 25th, 2008

Tax-collecting agency is questioning how many Americans have offshore accounts and how they’re being used
By Michael Rozbruch
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Have a bank account overseas?
Be sure to tell the IRS about it.
The U.S. tax-collecting agency asked Americans with overseas accounts to report them by June 30. If you haven’t done so, you could be in trouble.
Owing to globalization, more people in the United States have foreign financial accounts. There is nothing improper about setting
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