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October 2015 Archives

IRS "50% Penalty" List Increased to 56 Foreign Banks

The IRS has added four more foreign financial institutions to its list of "Foreign Financial Institutions or Facilitators." Those who had accounts at one or more of these institutions are required to pay an increased penalty of 50% if they wish to participate in the Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program (OVDP). The list is expected to continue to grow as the U.S. government continues its ongoing investigations of offshore tax evasion.

IRS Gives Preview of FATCA Reporting Form

The Internal Revenue Service has released a draft version of the form that will be used by foreign financial institutions (FFIs) to report information about U.S. accounts under the terms of the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA). Passed into law in 2010, FATCA requires foreign financial institutions to report information about U.S. account holders on an annual basis. The Treasury Department has since negotiated Intergovernmental Agreements (IGAs) with more than 100 countries to implement the provisions of FATCA, including most of the world's top tax havens.

Responding to an IRS summons

A great deal can be at stake for a person when they are the subject of a tax investigation by the Internal Revenue Service. Thus, an under-investigation taxpayer may feel a great deal of fear and worry about the whole investigative process.

Financial crime investigations, part 2: Money laundering and the BSA

In the first part of this post, we noted that the Criminal Investigation (CI) division of the IRS is involved in the investigation of several financial crimes that do not directly involve tax law. These crimes include fraud, money laundering and violations of the Bank Secrecy Act.In our September 15 post, we gave an example of how allegations of money laundering and tax evasion can become bargaining tools for prosecutors when included in an already-long list of charges.

Rand Paul and Expats Suffer Setback in Suit to Overturn FATCA

Senator Rand Paul and a group of American expatriates suffered a huge setback in their attempt to overturn the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA), as the judge denied their motion for preliminary injunction, saying that they lack standing for the suit and are unlikely to succeed on the merits.

Belize Next on IRS Radar

The IRS has served John Doe summonses to a number of banks in Belize, seeking information about American account holders, as the U.S. federal government continues its onslaught against offshore tax evasion. Long known as a tax haven, Belize has been a popular destination for wealthy individuals seeking to avoid taxes by holding assets offshore.

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