Opting Out of the Offshore Voluntary Compliance Initiative Programs

As with other IRS’ 2009 and 2011 offshore voluntary compliance initiatives, the 2012 program gives no discretion to the IRS agents to reduce penalties. If a participant does not believe that he or she should have to pay the 27½%

Increase in the annual gift tax exclusion to $14,000

The IRS recently increased the annual gift tax exclusion from $13k to $14K in 2013. The annual gift tax exclusion is the amount you and your spouse can each gift to anyone without dipping into your lifetime gift tax exclusion.

Pre-Immigration Income Tax Planning

Since the United States has some of the highest tax rates and most complex tax rules in the world pre-immigration tax planning is very important (but rarely done). Various actions that resident and nonresident aliens take can affect the amount