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Category: Offshore Account Update

Were You Supposed to File an FBAR with Your 2022 Income Tax Return?

Posted in News, Offshore Account Update on April 29, 2022

Most U.S. taxpayers who have offshore bank accounts are required to file an annual Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts (FBAR) with their federal income tax returns. Some are also required to File IRS Form 8938 (which is used to disclose “specified foreign financial assets”). If you were supposed to file an FBAR and/or IRS Form 8938 with your 2022 income tax return but didn’t, what should you do now? Virginia international tax attorney Kevin E. Thorn, Managing Partner of Thorn Law Group, explains: Read More

Pandemic Fraud Remains a Top Priority for IRS CI

Posted in News, Offshore Account Update on April 15, 2022

Prosecuting individuals and companies suspected of fraudulently obtaining PPP and EIDLP loans, tax credits, and other forms of COVID-19 relief remain a top priority for the Internal Revenue Service’s Criminal Investigation Division (IRS CI). IRS CI regularly publishes press releases highlighting its enforcement efforts, and it has made clear that prosecuting pandemic-related fraud will continue as an area of emphasis for the foreseeable future. Read More

Does Your Estate Planning Strategy Involve an “Abusive Trust Tax Evasion Scheme?”

Posted in News, Offshore Account Update on March 31, 2022

In many respects, estate planning and tax planning go hand-in-hand. Failure to consider the tax implications of a proposed planning structure can leave clients and their beneficiaries facing unnecessary tax liability, and this, in turn, can leave estate planners facing allegations of negligence or professional malpractice. Read More

IRS Issues Reminder: Taxpayers Can Face Penalties for Both Failure to File and Failure to Pay

Posted in News, Offshore Account Update on March 18, 2022

On March 17, 2022, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) published a Tax Tip reminding taxpayers that they can face penalties for both failure to file and failure to pay. So, what if you aren’t ready to file (or pay) on April 18? Virginia tax lawyer Kevin E. Thorn, Managing Partner of Thorn Law Group, explains. Read More

What Types of Foreign Financial Assets Trigger FATCA Reporting (IRS Form 8938)?

Posted in News, Offshore Account Update on February 28, 2022

If you own “specified foreign financial assets” as defined by the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA), you may have an obligation to report these assets to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) using Form 8938. This form is due by April 15, but all taxpayers receive an automatic extension to October 15 if they miss the Tax Day deadline. In this article, Virginia offshore tax lawyer Kevin E. Thorn, Managing Partner of Thorn Law Group,  explains what types of foreign financial assets trigger the FATCA reporting requirement. Read More

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