Tag Archives: FBAR

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

IRS Updated Voluntary Disclosure Practice is a Game-Changer

Last week the IRS released a memorandum with new procedures for  an “Updated Voluntary Disclosure Practice” impacting all voluntary disclosures. The new updated voluntary disclosure practice (VDP) is a game-changer for offshore voluntary disclosures for US persons with unreported foreign assets. The

ABA Conference with Government Officials

The ABA recently held a conference titled National Institute on Criminal Tax Fraud and Institute on Tax Controversy.  I attended the conference where many tax attorneys and government officials discussed issues of interest. Also discussed was the effect of streamlined