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    There is a new deadline for FBAR filing: taxpayers will have to submit their FinCEN 114 forms on April 15, with a 6-month extension available.

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    To avoid penalties, a U.S. person with offshore assets will have to disclose those assets and the related income to the IRS, as well as pay taxes on foreign income.

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    The 5% penalty Streamlined Filing Procedures for undisclosed foreign bank accounts and assets was modified and is now available for domestic taxpayers with foreign accounts. It’s available only to taxpayers who’s failure to file an FBAR was due to non-willful conduct. For willful conduct, a taxpayer would be better advised to join the OVDP whichThe […]

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    The IRS and Swiss banks have formed a deal that could expose Americans who hid their assets in Swiss banks to avoid tax liability. The long running dispute between the IRS and Switzerland might finally come to a resolution with the Swiss banks complying with FATCA (Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act). Those with offshore accounts […]

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    In 2008, a former employee of the Swiss global financial services institution, UBS, made a statement that the Swiss bank was actively helping U.S. Citizen Accountholders to evade US tax liability. This sparked the United States law called FATCA (Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act), which not only requires individuals to report their financial accounts held […]

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    Lebanon has long been hailed as “Switzerland of the Middle East” because of its Banking Secrecy Law that was passed in 1965. This law restricted banks from revealing client names or account information to any individual or authority. However, with the IRS searching for American tax dodgers abroad; it is now becoming increasingly difficult to […]

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    The Swiss government will consider ways to allow the country’s banks to hand over information to U.S. authorities after parliament blocked the bill that would have allowed the banks to dissolve secrecy laws. The lower house voted two-to-one against the bill, even though the upper house had backed it. The bill is the result of […]

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    A common question that many taxpayers have is whether closing a foreign bank account will help with any FBAR obligations or reporting requirements past or present. Even if an account is open for just one day, there is an FBAR filing requirement if the aggregate value of the account or accounts exceeds $10,000. For example, […]

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    United States v. Canale is another recent example of the possible outcome for U.S. taxpayers who do not disclosure income from foreign bank accounts and the fact that the account existed. Participation in the IRS Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program (OVDP) would have resulted in no jail time and a far lesser monetary penalty. Michael Canale, […]

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    The Justice Department announced on April 30 that a federal court had authorized the Internal Revenue Service to serve a “John Doe” summons on U.S. taxpayers who may have foreign bank accounts at Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce’s First Caribbean International Bank (FCIB). The IRS uses such summons to obtain information about possible violations of […]

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