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IRS announces International Tax Enforcement Group initiative

The fact that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is cracking down on offshore accounts and foreign tax compliance issues is not a new one. Media outlets have been covering this story for months. However, the agency recently took a big step that will push these efforts to the next level.

What is an International Boycott Report?

U.S. companies and their oversea affiliates are prohibited from certain interactions with countries that are listed as boycotted. In some cases, the United States Government may sanction a request. An understanding of the potential tax implications of these dealings is beneficial for any business operating in qualifying countries.

Will Foreign Financial Institutions renew their FATCAs in time?

Foreign financial institutions that provide financial accounts to U.S. taxpayers or foreign entities that have a substantial ownership interest by a U.S. taxpayer are generally required to report information to the IRS. In some cases, this requires completion of an FFI agreement.

Is the streamlined process for foreign accounts a good bet?

If you are a United States taxpayer with interest in a foreign asset, odds are high you know that you must report this interest to the government. A failure to do so can result in serious penalties, ranging from steep monetary fines to potential imprisonment. The severity of the penalties often hinges on one thing: whether or not the failure to report was willful.

The limits of helpfulness at the IRS

As its customer service budget has shrunk in recent years, the IRS has pushed hard to get people to go online with tax questions.Online resources do not take the place of a phone conversation with a tax compliance professional. But the IRS website, IRS.gov, does generally have a lot of information. Is the information there reliable?

Taxes and green card holders

Competing laws can make for confusing situations. For many people in the Washington, D.C., area, trying to find the balance becomes something of a way of life. This may be particularly true for green card holders who have financial ties that reach around the globe.

When time slips away: First-time penalty abatement an option

Being a business owner may involve time warps. When business is good the days fly and there is never enough time to complete everything. When a busy season coincides with tax season, the filing deadline can slip by without you having a chance to get your personal or business return completed.

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