International tax

FinCEN postpones mandatory FBAR e-filing

The Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) announced that it is postponing until July 1, 2013, its requirement that Form TD F 90-22.1, Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts (FBAR), be filed electronically. FinCEN notes that the delay in the e-filing requirement does not relieve anyone of the

IRS announces third offshore voluntary disclosure program

In a press release trumpeting the successful collection of more than $4.4 billion in its 2009 and 2011 voluntary disclosure programs, the IRS announced it is starting its third program designed to help people hiding offshore accounts get current with their taxes in the U.S. (IR-2012-5). The new program, unlike

Foreign Financial Asset Reporting Form Finalized

The IRS on Saturday released the final version of Form 8938, Statement of Specified Foreign Financial Assets, and released its instructions on Monday. Affected taxpayers must use the form to report certain financial assets to the IRS. Last week, the IRS released temporary and proposed regulations on the new reporting

Regulations Issued for Specified Foreign Financial Assets Reporting

The IRS issued temporary and proposed regulations (T.D. 9567; REG-130302-10) on the requirement that certain foreign financial assets be reported to the IRS for tax years beginning after March 18, 2010. Sec. 6038D requires individuals to report interests in “specified foreign financial assets” (SFFAs) when filing their federal income tax

Regs Shut Down Artificially Generated FTCs

The IRS issued final, temporary and proposed regulations providing guidance on determining the amount of taxes paid for purposes of determining the foreign tax credit. The regulations are designed to curb certain transactions that the IRS says “produce inappropriate foreign tax credit results.” The final regulations (TD 9535), issued July

FATCA Reporting Suspended for Some; Pre-2010 FBAR Filing Extended

The IRS suspended FATCA (Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act) information reporting requirements for certain individuals with foreign assets and shareholders of passive foreign investment companies (PFICs) under IRC §§ 6038D and 1298(f) (Notice 2011-55). The requirement will be suspended until the IRS releases Form 8938, Statement of Specified Foreign Financial

IRS Clarifies Sept. 9 Extension for Offshore Reporting

The IRS on Monday clarified its postponement of deadlines under the 2011 Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Initiative (OVDI). On Friday, in response to Hurricane Irene, the IRS moved the OVDI deadline to Sept. 9 (from Aug. 31), but did not address the Aug. 31 due date for information filings that are

Hurricane Postpones IRS’s Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Deadline

As Hurricane Irene was about to make landfall in North Carolina on Friday evening and head up the East Coast, the IRS announced it had postponed the deadline for its 2011 Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Initiative (OVDI). The new due date for requests is Sept. 9, 2011. Before the extension, taxpayers

"Killer B" Crackdown Finalized

The IRS issued new final regulations on cross-border reverse triangular reorganizations, popularly known as “Killer B” transactions (TD 9526). The regulations finalize with some modifications proposed regulations that were issued in 2008 (REG-136020-07). Previously, in Notices 2006-85 and 2007-48, the Service had said new rules were needed to thwart the

FinCEN Creates FBAR E-Filing System

The Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) on Monday said it has developed an electronic filing system for Form TD F 90-22.1, Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts (FBAR). The reports can now be filed via FinCEN’s BSA E-Filing System. A United States person who has a financial

FinCEN Grants Another FBAR Extension for Some Individuals

The Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) on Friday released Notice 2011-2, which gives another small subset of individuals with only signature authority over certain foreign financial accounts who are required to file Form TD F 90-22.1, Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts (FBAR), with respect to those

IRS Further Extends Deadline for Certain 2009 and Earlier FBARs

The IRS has further extended the deadline for certain persons to file Form TD F 90-22.1, Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts (FBAR), for 2009 and earlier years (IRS Notice 2011-54). The new filing deadline is Nov. 1, 2011. The extension applies to persons with signature authority over a

IRS Eliminates Form 5472 Duplicate Filing Requirement

On Thursday, the IRS issued temporary and proposed regulations to remove the duplicate filing requirement for Form 5472, Information Return of a 25% Foreign-Owned U.S. Corporation or a Foreign Corporation Engaged in a U.S. Trade or Business (TD 9529 and REG-101352-11). Under the current final regulations, corporations that are required

FinCEN Clarifies Parties Entitled to FBAR Filing Extension

The Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) issued a revised notice Monday that clarified that a small subset of individuals are entitled to a one-year extension of the June 30, 2011, filing deadline to file Form TD F 90-22.1, Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts (FBAR). The notice

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