Tax Controversies Archives

IRS publicizes rights of taxpayers

Whether you know it or not (and you probably don’t), you have a variety of rights when it comes to paying your taxes and contesting any IRS assertion that you didn’t pay your taxes. But there are few things more unwieldy than the U.S. tax code, and rights afforded to you by law in the tax code are scattered throughout tomes dense enough to sink in a pool of molten lead.

$900M MoneyGram tax dispute due for hearing this week

What constitutes a bank? The answer to that question is not as clear as it used to be. Recent years have seen growth in the variety of financial institutions seeking to hold bank status and just such a legal challenge is one that will be getting a hearing this week in Washington.

Does Credit Suisse plea mark the end of Swiss bank accounts?

The big talk of the nation's capitol today, at least from a business perspective, is the guilty plea that Credit Suisse has entered into to resolve U.S. criminal charges. Switzerland's second-largest bank entered the plea yesterday in federal court in Alexandria, Virginia.

Is FATCA making U.S. citizenship too taxing for some?

Back in November we posted about the fact that entertainer Tina Turner had reportedly signed the paperwork to give up her U.S. Citizenship in favor of staying in Switzerland. The reason given at the time is that she had married her Swiss partner in July, but there was some speculation that the growing burden of Washington's complicated tax rules, played a role, too.

Tina Turner no longer American. What's taxing got to do with it?

Soul singer Tina Turner has voluntarily relinquished her U.S. citizenship. She reportedly signed the papers at the U.S Embassy in Bern, Switzerland, late last month. It probably didn't come as a major surprise. She had announced her plans to do so back in January.

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