The Internal Revenue Service has published an article to help you determine whether foreign taxes you pay qualify for the Foreign Tax Credit. They list four criteria for you to evaluate the taxes you paid outside the United States. In brief, they are:
Paying U.S. taxes while overseas doesn't have to be difficult with this year's improved IRS.gov help guides. In addition to the standard International Taxpayer page, U.S. citizens and other international taxpayers living outside the U.S. can now watch videos to learn about the following topics:
On Friday, October 2, 2015, the Internal Revenue Service ("IRS") announced the exchange of financial account information with certain foreign tax administrations, meeting a key Sept. 30 milestone related to FATCA, the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act.
In the past two weeks, three Swiss banks--Bank Linth LLB AG (Bank Linth), Bank Sparhafen Zurich AG (BSZ), and Ersparniskasse Schaffhausen AG (EKS)-have reached resolutions under the Department of Justice's Swiss Bank Program. The Swiss Bank Program, which was announced on Aug. 29, 2013, provides a path for Swiss banks to resolve potential criminal liabilities in the United States. Swiss banks eligible to enter the program were required to advise the department by Dec. 31, 2013, that they had reason to believe that they had committed tax-related criminal offenses in connection with undeclared U.S.-related accounts. Banks already under criminal investigation related to their Swiss-banking activities and all individuals were expressly excluded from the program.
For those with one or more bank of financial accounts located outside the United States, or those who have signature authority over such accounts, Report 114, Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts is due Tuesday, June 30, 2015. For more information, see the IRS website here.
In a recent edition of TaxTips, the IRS reminds taxpayers of pending deadlines related to foreign income and assets.
In its pledge to seek financial transparency, the Holy See (the ecclesiastical jurisdiction of the Catholic church) signed on to become the newest member to FATCA, the U.S. Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act, that requires banks and financial information to report certain financial information of U.S. Citizens and permanent residents directly to the United States if the accountholder¹s assets exceed $50,000.
Each year, the Internal Revenue Service ("IRS") compiles an annual list of the common scams taxpayers may come across. Such scams tend to peak during filing season as taxpayers are preparing their own returns or hiring someone to prepare it for them. This year, in order to raise consumer awareness, the IRS is released one Dirty Dozen scam per day. Here are the final six scams about which the IRS is warning taxpayers:
After helping taxpayers hide assets in offshore bank accounts for more than 10 years, Bank Leumi entered into an agreement with the Department of Justice in which it will pay the United States $270 million as a penalty and will make a full and complete disclosure of its U.S. Taxpayer-held accounts. As recently as 2011, Bank Leumi admits to taking affirmative and extensive steps to assist U.S. Clients in concealing assets offshore including secretly meeting with U.S. Clients in hotels, parks and coffee shops, using nominee corporate entities in Belize and other foreign tax jurisdictions, hiding the true account owner identities, providing mail hold services to make account detection more difficult, and assisting clients who had accounts at UBS and other financial institutions undergoing criminal investigation by the Department of Justice in moving funds to other secret accounts.For more information, click here.
After years of investigation by U.S. law enforcement authorities, and a plea of guilty for conspiracy, Credit Suisse AG was sentenced on November 21, 2014 for conspiracy to aid and assist U.S. taxpayers in filing false income tax returns and other documents with the IRS. Credit Suisse admitted to operating an illegal cross-border banking businesses purposefully assisting thousands of U.S. clients in opening and maintaining undeclared accounts and in concealing offshore assets and income from the IRS. Credit Suisse acknowledged doing this for decades prior to and through 2009. Credit Suisse will now provide a complete disclosure of its cross-border activities, including account information regarding clients and other banks with which it operated to maintain secrecy for clients from the United States.