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As FBAR deadline looms, IRS and Treasury threaten penalties

American taxpayers with overseas accounts are required to report these accounts through the use of the Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts form (FBAR). Failures to file this report with the Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) are not uncommon. Failures can stem from a lack of awareness of the requirement or simple confusion. The tax law responsible for this requirement is complex and some level of confusion is understandable.

Could OVDP provide Bitcoin amnesty?

To report or not to report? That question has likely crossed the minds of any investor that owns cryptocurrency. Those who ask this question should note that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has now trained agents on how to pursue digital currencies like Bitcoin.

Offshore accounts in a post-FATCA market

The Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) went into effect in 2010. This law requires all foreign institutions outside of the United States to report assets and identities of account holders that are United States citizens. Failure to comply can result in serious ramifications, including steep financial penalties.

Manafort indictment calls attention to foreign tax havens

The investigation into allegations of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election has led to allegations of United States tax violations. One example is the recent indictment of President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort. Mr. Manafort is accused of using shell companies to hide assets and avoid tax obligations.

IRS attempts to investigate Coinbase users for tax fraud

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is in the midst of a lawsuit against cryptocurrency provider Coinbase. The agency is attempting to gain information about those who use Coinbase, claiming that there is a high likelihood that these users are guilty of various tax crimes.

Clarifying the “John Doe” summons from the IRS on Coinbase

The financial world is evolving. This is not the first time the economy has shifted its focus. The focus has shifted in the past from one that depends on gold as currency to paper dollars to credit cards. The shift is now moving to the novel world of digital currency.

Coming (fully) clean: Does the OVDP cover unreported domestic income?

In terms of sheer revenue generated, limited-amnesty programs for noncompliance with offshore reporting requirements has been tremendously successful for the IRS. Since the IRS started these initiatives in 2009, the amount of revenue generated in fines, penalties and back taxes is upwards of $10 billion.

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