FATCA, FCPA, AML and OFAC allow the US to regulate the world. But what does it really mean?

August 2017

In the current environment of increased regulation, transparency, reporting and heightened compliance standards, the US and its Government Agencies have an arsenal of tools with extraterritorial application https://www.jdsupra.com/legalnews/fatca-fcpa-aml-and-ofac-allow-the-us-to-22658/  

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Will Optional GIIN Reporting on Form 8938 continue to be Optional? Or is it the beginning of a new IRS Cross-Reference?

August 2017

IRS Form 8938 (a FATCA created form) is the Statement of Specified Foreign Financial Assets in which Taxpayers are required to report their specified foreign financial assets when their value meets the obligatory reporting threshold. It has been a required

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Methods of Proof: How IRS Can Prove That a Taxpayer Didn’t Report Income

August 7, 2017

  • South Florida Legal Guide Supplement for the Miami Herald Business Monday

Are you a Taxpayer identified by IRS for not Reporting Offshore Financial Assets?

August 2017

Taxpayers with unreported foreign financial assets and income run the risk of having the Government determine if their conduct was willful or non-willful.  The definition of “Willful” or “non-willful” in Taxpayer’s conduct makes a big difference in how civil or

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Here is what you need to know about a Domestic Voluntary Disclosure (DVD)

July 2017

DVD can be an option for a Taxpayer without foreign financial accounts or foreign financial issues.   It is a choice for Taxpayers that are out of domestic compliance, want to come into compliance and inoculate as much as possible against

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Did you know that Form 8938 filing obligations apply to Specified Domestic Entities?

July 2017

A US Person that owns US entities like corporations or partnerships that conduct cross-border business may have a Form 8938 (Statement of Specified Foreign Financial Assets) filing obligation.  IRS defines Specified Individuals as: https://www.jdsupra.com/legalnews/did-you-know-that-form-8938-filing-98759/  

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Law Enforcement can Follow the Money thanks to the Fifth Pillar of the Final CDD Rule

July 2017

Law Enforcement can Follow the Money thanks to the Fifth Pillar of the Final CDD Rule Under the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA), the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) issued a “Fifth Pillar” of the Final Customer Due Diligence (CDD) Rule

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Do you know about FATCA international payments?

July 10, 2017

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Why you need EXPERT ADVICE if you have a PFIC and you are out of Compliance!

July 2017

Taxpayers need to rely on the expert professional advice of a tax specialist for the treatment of Passive Foreign Investment Companies (PFICs) during Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program (OVDP) reporting.  PFIC computations are challenging for a Taxpayer in an amnesty program

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Is your Bookkeeper the Right One?

July 2017

Bookkeepers are by practical definition business multi-taskers.  They keep financial records, post debits and credits, prepare reports, execute banking transactions,  act as collectors for overdue accounts, work with clients and vendors  and handle payroll – just to name a few.  

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IRS is Looking more like a “Self-Serve” Financial Provider while still Targeting Collections

June 2017

Since 2011, IRS has undergone $900 million in budget cuts and has reduced its number of auditors by approximately 25%.  Nonetheless, IRS has its eye on the “collections” ball.  The Agency has recently benefited from Congressional approval of more efficient

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FBAR Penalty Amounts are in the “Best Judgement” of an IRS Examiner

June 2017

The Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts (FBAR) is not a tax form.  Its filing is not required by the Internal Revenue Code. It is required by Title 31 of the Code of Federal Regulations. Title 31 is the

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