FAST Act Give IRS Power to Revoke Passports for Tax Debt over $50K

The recent passage of the FAST Act has some people worried about their ability to travel and live abroad because of their IRS liabilities. Although Congress has long toyed with the idea of tying tax compliance to international travel privileges, the new law now codifies the ability of the government to restrict passports of anyone who owes the IRS more than fifty thousand dollars in...
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Opting Out of the Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program (ODVP) - Part Two

Here are the steps that IRS examiners take before a taxpayer makes the irrevocable decision to opt out:
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Delinquent FBAR Submission Procedures

Some taxpayers may not need to use the Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program or the Streamlined Filing Compliance Procedure options, but still may have a delinquent FBAR or Foreign Bank Account Report. FinCEN has established a procedure to address this problem.[1] The solution is available to those who:
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Opting out of the Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program - Part One

Opting out of the offshore voluntary disclosure program can be a difficult choice. An opt out is an irrevocable election made by a taxpayer to leave the safe harbor of the OVDP, and have his or her case handled under the standard audit process. This is different from removal, which is a determination made by IRS personnel to remove a taxpayer from the civil settlement structure of the OVDP...
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The OVDP Process – Part Four

Example of the Penalty Structure in the OVDP Process The Criminal Investigative unit is charged with assessing the penalty structure. The structure itself is nonnegotiable and the examiner lacks discretion to make any adjustments. The following is an example prepared by the IRS[1]:
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The Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Process – Part Three

Offshore Voluntary Disclosure - Interview with your examiner
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The OVDI Process – Part Two

The OVDI Process - After Preclearance is received If a taxpayer makes all the requisite disclosures and receives the preclearance then they must make their disclosure. Note these guidelines are subject to change. Consult the IRS’s website for the most recent OVDI procedures. [1] Under the IRS’s guidelines:
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The Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Process – Part One

The precise procedures under the Offshore Voluntary Disclosure process are murky at best. They resemble loading a revolver and handing it to someone with an itchy trigger finger. As other countries and their foreign financial institution buckle to the pressures of FATCA, the value of self-disclosure is beginning to lose its luster to the federal investigators. The lack of precise protocols and...
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Streamlined Voluntary Disclosure for Non-Residents

Eligibility: In order for non-residents U.S. taxpayers to be eligible to participate in the Streamlined Voluntary Disclosure for Non-Residents program they must:
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Streamlined Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Penalties

A Summary of the Streamlined Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Penalties The Title 26 miscellaneous offshore penalty is equal to 5 percent of the highest aggregate balance or value of the taxpayer’s foreign financial assets that are subject to the miscellaneous offshore penalty during the years in the covered tax return period and the covered FBAR period. For this purpose, the highest aggregate...
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