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Archive by Year:2017

OVDP Streamlined Submissions

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Posted in on September 19, 2017

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Foreign Financial Accounts

Offshore Account Update

Posted in on September 15, 2017

Recent studies have shown that the use of offshore investing increases as wealth increases. In other words, wealthier people are more likely to invest some of their money in foreign financial institutions.  Many taxing authorities believe that this is motivated by a desire to evade taxes, but a close look at where people are keeping more of their money offshore suggests there may be other motivating factors for making the decision to move money out of your home country.Read More

Swiss Firm Provides Accountholder Info to DOJ as Part of Settlement

Offshore Account Update

Posted in on September 1, 2017

 If you have any funds invested with foreign financial institutions, it is imperative you ensure you are in compliance now, and have complied in the past, with FATCA, with mandated annual FBAR filings, and with all other tax rules and requirements. If you have not been in full compliance with tax obligations, you should speak with a Boston tax law firm as soon as possible to explore your options for resolving your unresolved tax issues through participation in amnesty programs such as the Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program.Read More

Pitfalls of Streamlined Disclosure

Offshore Account Update

Posted in on August 31, 2017

If you did not file all of your required Reports of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts and you did not otherwise comply with U.S. tax rules in connection with offshore accounts, you face a substantial risk of civil penalties and even criminal prosecution. The IRS is aggressively fighting offshore tax evasion, and many foreign banks are helping the IRS by providing them with accountholder information in exchange for avoiding criminal penalties for helping American to evade their taxes.Read More

DOJ and Swiss Life May Make a Deal

Offshore Account Update

Posted in on August 17, 2017

If you have offshore funds invested under the control of Swiss Life Holding AG, you need to be aware that Swiss Life is involved in discussions with the U.S. government that could likely lead to your financial details being disclosed. Swiss Life Holding is discussing the U.S. affiliated accounts under its control, as part of an investigation into its cross border business. The U.S. government is interested in many of the different products and services offered to offshore investors, including insurance wrappers.Read More

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