Banks and certain other financial institutions located outside the United States that have U.S. account holders are scrambling to meet a looming IRS deadline. These institutions, known as foreign financial institutions, or FFIs, must achieve full compliance with the U.S.
In the recent 2019 case U.S. v. Ram Agrawal, a US District Court rejected a taxpayer’s reasonable cause defense against foreign bank account reports (FBARs) penalties. It ruled in favor of the government to collect FBAR penalties for the
The U.S. Justice Department is reviewing reports about the offshore financial arrangements of global politicians and public figures based on 11.5 million leaked files from Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca, a department spokesman said yesterday. The department is determining whether
Many foreign banks and financial institutions have recently been asking customers for a “FATCA Compliance Certificate”. The reason for the request is that your country and the US probably signed an agreement to implement the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA), which
A US passport or green-card is losing its glamour and appeal. Some people are surrendering their prized green cards because of the US Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA), which requires most foreign governments and the US to freely exchange
There is an increased focus by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) on offshore activities. There are tax return and information return filing obligations that may be associated with foreign income, assets and transactions. Many taxpayers (including non-U.S. persons who might
The IRS has begun receiving information regarding tax year 2014 from nations around the world who have agreed to comply with FATCA. Some of those countries negotiated reciprocal agreements to also receive information from the US regarding their taxpayers with
Many of our tax-noncompliant clients are fearful of being involuntary discovered through the impending FATCA disclosures of their foreign accounts by their foreign banks. The Internal Revenue Service has issued a notice extending the time under which certain transitional rules
India and the US today signed an agreement to implement the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) that will facilitate exchange of information between the two countries starting on October 1, 2015. FATCA was signed by Revenue Secretary Shaktikanta Das
India is expected to sign an inter-governmental agreement (IGA) for the US tax compliance law Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) tomorrow. FATCA is aimed at combating possible tax evasion by Americans through financial entities of other countries. FATCA is a
Praying may not be enough for non-compliant taxpayers (or evaders) under the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA). The Vatican has become the latest FATCA signatory to share bank information with the US. The Vatican has signed an agreement with
Earlier this week, the Indian Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, approved signing of an Inter-Governmental Agreement (IGA) between India and the U.S. for implementation of the U.S. Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA). Indian Finance Minister Arun Jaitley this
Internal Revenue Service announces new International Data Exchange Service: The Beginning of Information Sharing
The Internal Revenue Service announced this week the opening of the International Data Exchange Service (IDES) for enrollment. Financial institutions and host country tax authorities will use IDES to securely send their information reports on financial accounts held by U.S.
Federal prosecutors charged six men Tuesday with running a complicated offshore scheme that allegedly enabled clients to manipulate stocks, avoid U.S. taxes and launder hundreds of millions of dollars. An indictment unsealed in federal court in Brooklyn alleged the men