Tax Controversies Archives

Tax dispute: Michael Jackson's estate tells IRS to beat it

As long as a person has income, the Internal Revenue is likely to have an interest assessing taxes. Interestingly enough, this attitude toward taxation doesn't necessarily end when a person passes away. If an estate has a continued income stream, then it may also be required to pay taxes on those earnings, since it is treated as a legal entity.

Swiss banks reported near deal to supply info on U.S. clients

One of the largest initiatives by the Internal Revenue Service and U.S. Justice Department to enforce tax laws may be about to get a boost. According to recent reports, there are a number of large Swiss banks lining up to cooperate with U.S. efforts in identifying Americans who may hold funds in non-compliant foreign bank accounts.

Leaked tax haven data spurs controversy in U.S., world

That wealthy people employ tax havens in efforts to protect their wealth is not particularly shocking. But in recent weeks, it's become a little clearer just how prevalent the use of the havens is and how interconnected they appear to be.

Advocacy group for overseas Americans calls for FATCA repeal

As long as Congress is undertaking efforts to reform the U.S. tax code, why not repeal the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act. That's the suggestion that's being made by the group American Citizens Abroad. The recommendation addressing this particular tax controversy was made in the form of a statement sent to Washington, D.C., this week to selected members of the House Ways and Means Committee.

Abdicating citizenship: A tax strategy to approach with caution

There are a lot of tax-saving strategies that individuals can employ. Some work well. Others need to be examined really carefully before being tried to make sure the individual doesn't wind up proverbially shooting themselves in the foot.

Mickelson causes tax controversy over his tax rate

With the New Year underway we are all feeling the effects of the tax changes, even professional golfer Phil Mickelson. Over the weekend, he made a bold statement saying that the recent tax hikes on the rich may "force him to make drastic changes" implying that he might be leaving golf or his home in California. Because he is a public figure, this tax controversy was brought to the forefront of the evening news.

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