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The price of paradise: Taxes and foreign property

The allure of a foreign country calls to many United States citizens. Some fall in love with the views, the culture, the weather. Some choose to make their vacation destinations more than just an occasional stop, but rather invest in property and visit their personal paradise on a more regular basis.

Recent case questions limit on FBAR penalties

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) requires those who hold an interest in or signature authority over a foreign account with a value over $10,000 at any point during the applicable tax year file the Foreign Bank Account Report (FBAR). A failure to do so can lead to both civil and criminal penalties.

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.

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