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Reasonable Cause Defense Denied: FBAR Penalties Assessed by Court

  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

Beware: India to sign FATCA agreement with US for sharing of information

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.

First Indictment for FATCA Violation Announced

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