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International Tax Tax

Can Foreign Government Use U.S. Court to Collect From U.S. Person?

If a U.S. person commits tax fraud under the laws of a foreign county, can the foreign country’s tax collector use the U.S. court system to collect from the U.S. person? The court recently addressed this in In re SKAT Tax Refund Scheme Litigation, No. 18-md-2865 (LAK) (S.D.N.Y. 2019). Facts & Procedural History The plaintiff […]

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International Tax

U.S. Taxpayer With U.S. Residence Cannot Exclude Foreign-Earned Income

There are a number of tax issues that U.S. citizens and residents who live abroad have to consider.  One of these is whether they qualify to exclude their foreign-earned income in computing U.S. income taxes.  This exclusion has resulted in a number of tax disputes.  The Leuenberger v. Commissioner, T.C. Summary Opinion 2018-52, case addresses the […]

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International Tax

FBAR Not Limited to $100,000, Willfulness Upheld

There have been a number of recent court cases involving foreign bank account or FBAR reporting penalties.  This is likely due to the significant amount of the penalty and that many do not fully appreciate the amount of the liability they face if caught not complying with the FBAR rules.  The recent Norman v. United […]

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Federal Income Tax

Court: IRS Cannot Apply New Law Based on Conduct Predating the Law

In Rafizadeah v. Commissioner, 150 T.C. No. 1 (2018), the court concluded that the IRS made a late assessment of tax and penalties. The case turns on whether the IRS can benefit from the longer six-year assessment period based on an information return filing that the law did not obligate the taxpayer to make at […]

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Tax Procedure Tax Returns

Amending Tax Returns for FTC and NOL Carrybacks

The time limits for filing amended tax returns can present a number of difficult questions.  This is particularly true when tax attributes, such as foreign tax credits and net operating loss deductions, are carried back to prior years.  The carryback to one prior year can result in carrybacks to one or more years prior to […]

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IRS Audits Tax Procedure

U.S. Treasury Says IRS Not Using Information from Foreign Governments

It wasn’t long ago that the IRS was completely in the dark as to what information taxpayers and others were reporting to foreign governments. The IRS would never show up on U.S. audit with information obtained from foreign governments. We do see this on audits occasionally, but it is still a rare occurrence. A recent […]

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International Tax

Airline Pilot Stationed Overseas Not Entitled to Section 911 Foreign Income Exclusion

U.S. income tax laws can be challenging for U.S. citizens who live outside of the U.S. This is particularly true for airline pilots who accept jobs overseas. The recent Acone v. Commissioner, T.C. Memo. 2017-162, case addresses the challenge of determining whether an airline pilot stationed overseas qualifies for the Section 911 foreign income exclusion. […]