Complicated Form 5471 filing requirements simplified for dormant foreign corporations

- By : P. Patel

  The reporting requirements for IRS Form 5471 are complex, including ‘category of filer’ and required schedules.  However, very few taxpayers know that there are special simplified filing rules for a foreign dormant corporation. IRS Revenue Procedure 92-70, specifies specific, conditions that must all be met in order for a foreign corporation to be considered

Delinquent or unfiled IRS Form 5471

- By : P. Patel

IRS Form 5471 is a form required to be filed by US owners of foreign corporations. The form and filing requirements are complicated, and the penalties and consequences for non-filing are extreme. A taxpayer who has not been already contacted by the government should immediately take steps to cure the noncompliance because the IRS has increased

Substantially Completed Form 5471 is Required to be Filed

- By : P. Patel

IRS has recently released a new International Practice Unit (IPU) providing guidance to its examiners on the monetary penalties applicable if certain categories of U.S. shareholders fail to comply with the reporting requirements on Form 5471 (Information Return of U.S. Persons With Respect To Certain Foreign Corporations). Referencing prior rulings and other guidance, the IPU

Large Penalties: Form 5471 Information Return of U.S. Persons With Respect to Certain Foreign Corporations

- By : P. Patel

Internal Revenue Code (I.R.C.) Section (§) 6038(a) and Treasury Regulation § 1.6038-2(a) require a U.S. citizen or resident alien to furnish information with respect to certain foreign business entities. This information includes any foreign partnership/corporation entity data, stock ownership data, financial statements, and intercompany transactions with related persons. The Form 5471, Information Return of U.S.

2018 ABA COMMENTS ON THE OFFSHORE VOLUNTARY DISCLOSURE PROGRAM AND THE STREAMLINED PROGRAMS

- By : P. Patel

We are members of the American Bar Association Section of Taxation, which on May 2, 2018 submitted comments to the IRS on the IRS Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program (“OVDP”), the Streamlined Domestic Offshore Program (“SDOP”), and the Streamlined Foreign Offshore Program (“SFOP”). We co-authored the ABA comments. The comments are very constructive. It is hoped that the

New IRS practice unit: “Substantial compliance” doctrine, international information return penalties

- By : P. Patel

The IRS Large Business and International (LB&I) division last week publicly released a “practice unit” that addresses what the term “substantially complete” means with reference to international information return penalties, particularly Form 5471. The IRS recently released a new International Practice Unit (“IPU”) on failures to file form 5471.  IPUs are meant to act as a

The Misunderstood Extension of time to file FinCEN Form 114, Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts (FBAR)

- By : P. Patel

The Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) announced an automatic six-month extension for taxpayers required to file FinCEN Form 114, Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts (FBAR). Taxpayers now have until October 16 to submit their FBARs for 2016 without being subject to penalties. There is no specific FBAR extension document or form

New IRS IRM with Updated Streamlined Filing Compliance procedures

- By : P. Patel

The Internal Revenue Manual (IRM) is essentially the IRS employee handbook on how to carry out all administrative and procedural matters, such as how to audit specific tax returns, collect taxes, process returns, or assess penalties. The IRM may be the most important tool provided to IRS employees as it contains vital information to help

Protective Filing of Information Returns

- By : P. Patel

There is an increased focus by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) on offshore activities.  There are tax return and information return filing obligations that may be associated with foreign income, assets and transactions. Many taxpayers (including non-U.S. persons who might not otherwise consider themselves U.S. taxpayers) should resolve any reasonable doubt they might have in

Beware of Overlooked Common Overseas Tax Forms

- By : P. Patel

Practically all Americans with any income anywhere in the universe are required to file a U.S. return. Below are some of the most common tax forms that are generally part of an expat-American tax return. Common Overseas Tax Forms Form 2555 & 2555- EZ: These forms are for calculating your Foreign Earned Income Exclusion (FEIE) and to calculate