Update on IRS Offshore Initiatives: Investigations and agreements with financial institutions worldwide

In our last post, we noted that the U.S. government goes to great lengths to identify and prosecute noncompliant taxpayers, as well as promoters and financial institutions who assist U.S. taxpayers avoid their tax obligations by hiding their offshore income and assets. Some recent plea agreements with large financial institutions...

Update on IRS Offshore Initiatives

Global tax issues are a top priority for the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation Division (IRS-CI), which focuses its work on investigating taxpayers who willfully engage in tax evasion. Significant efforts are also being made to identify and take legal action against promoters and financial institutions who have assisted taxpayers...

Getting Into Compliance with Your Foreign Account Reporting, Part I

With the 2015 release of the “Panama Papers,” roughly 11.5 million documents detailing personal financial information of wealthy individuals and identifying nearly 215,000 offshore entities are now available to government authorities. That and other leaks, as well as the overall step-up in global efforts to curb tax avoidance, means that...

Filing Requirements for Overseas Business Investments

Failing to take IRS reporting requirements into consideration is among the biggest mistakes made by U.S. citizens when investing abroad. In addition to FinCEN 114 (the FBAR), U.S. Citizens with a certain percentage ownership in foreign corporations have several filing obligations with steep fines for noncompliance. These filing obligations include...