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FBAR Basics

Everything you need to know about foreign account reporting to avoid problems.

The Top 12 FBAR Reporting Mistakes to Avoid

There are many common errors in foreign account reporting that can be avoided.

Correcting Common FBAR Errors

The US government has 5 solutions to correct FBAR errors.

When to Engage Legal Counsel

Sometimes legal counsel is not necessary to correct FBAR errors. In some cases, legal counsel is strongly recommended.

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Details of the Streamlined Domestic Offshore Procedures


Many U.S taxpayers are unfortunately surprised to discover that they have a U.S. tax reporting obligation on financial accounts or assets held overseas. Once they discover their tax and reporting obligation, there are a number of programs through which they can become compliant. One option, if the taxpayers meet the requirements, is to file under…

The IRS is Hiring: Expect New Enforcement


I recently returned from the American Bar Association’s Taxation conference in Washington, D.C., which is the largest gathering of tax lawyers in the country. At the conference, I attended a speech given by the new IRS Commissioner Chuck Rettig where he mentioned a few intriguing areas of concern. Despite budget cuts, Commissioner Rettig stated that the…

The New IRS Voluntary Disclosure Practice: Not a Good Deal for Noncompliant Taxpayers


For all voluntary disclosures received after September 28, 2018, the IRS has a new program called the Voluntary Disclosure Practice (VDP), which is for both domestic and international noncompliance. Unlike the old Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program (OVDP), taxpayers do not receive automatic protection against criminal/civil penalties and the IRS has wide discretion to impose penalties based…

Details of the Streamlined Foreign Offshore Procedures (SFOP)


Many U.S taxpayers are unfortunately surprised to discover that they have a U.S. tax reporting obligation on financial accounts or assets held overseas. Once they discover their tax and reporting obligation, there are a number of programs through which they can become compliant. One option, if the taxpayers meet the requirements, is to file under…
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