- 1 FATCA Lawyers
- 2 Golding & Golding (Board-Certified)
- 3 Areas of International Tax and Reporting our Attorneys Practice
- 4 Offshore Voluntary Disclosure & Tax Amnesty
- 5 FATCA & FBAR
- 6 FATCA/CRS/KYC Letters
- 7 Foreign Trust Reporting
- 8 Filing Foreign Corporation & Partnership Information Returns
- 9 Reporting Foreign Pension
- 10 Avoiding or Minimizing Offshore Penalties
- 11 Foreign and International Cryptocurrency Tax and Reporting
- 12 Expatriation for Legal Permanent Residents and Citizens
- 13 Current Year vs. Prior Year Non-Compliance
- 14 Avoid False Offshore Disclosure Submissions (Willful vs Non-Willful)
- 15 Need Help Finding an Experienced Offshore Tax Attorney?
- 16 Golding & Golding: About Our International Tax Law Firm
International Tax Law — and IRS offshore disclosure in particular — is a very complicated area of tax law. Only very few tax attorneys have the international tax law experience you need. If you are seeking an International Tax Attorney, then the International Tax Lawyers at Golding & Golding (Board-Certified Tax Law Specialist) can safely get you into compliance. IRS Voluntary Disclosure of foreign or offshore accounts is a legal method for getting into IRS Tax and Reporting compliance — as long as you submit before the IRS finds you first. It allows you to safely and voluntarily disclose your foreign accounts, assets, income, and investments.
Golding & Golding (Board-Certified)
Many foreign taxpayers are overwhelmed by the US tax system — and we are here to help them safely get into foreign accounts compliance. The IRS does little to prepare new residents and investors with the specifics of what they are required to include on their tax returns, FBAR, Form 8938, etc. In fact, the world of international tax is so vast — and the IRS reporting forms so complicated — that we have developed many different specialty websites designed to focus on a specific form, such as the notorious FBAR.
Areas of International Tax and Reporting our Attorneys Practice
Within the world of offshore disclosure and tax compliance, our international tax attorney team specializes exclusively in offshore tax and compliance matters. Here is a brief summary of some of the key international tax Compliance matters that we offer representation for:
Offshore Voluntary Disclosure & Tax Amnesty
When a US person has unreported foreign accounts, assets, investments, and/or income there may be a risk for IRS fines and penalties. The penalties can be rough, but they can oftentimes be avoided or minimized by using one of the approved offshore tax amnesty and voluntary disclosure programs that can safely get you into compliance. *Be careful with some of the fear-mongering you will undoubtedly come across during your Google research expedition.
FATCA & FBAR
FBAR & FATCA are two mainstays for aggressive IRS enforcement. FBAR refers to Foreign Bank And Financial Account Reporting. The technical name of the form is FinCEN Form 114. FATCA on the other hand refers to the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act. When a Taxpayer has a FATCA reporting requirement, they are typically required to file a form 8938 to report their FATCA Specified Foreign Financial Assets. The US government and IRS specifically have made enforcement a key priority.
If you receive a FATCA Letter or CRS (Common Reporting Standard) Letter — sometimes referred to as a Know Your Customer letter — the clock has started ticking for the foreign bank to report you to the IRS — and you should consult with experienced counsel.
Reporting Gifts from Foreign Persons
When a US person receives a gift from a foreign person that meets the threshold for reporting on form 3520, but they do not timely file the form — the IRS may issue penalties. Since it generally takes the taxpayers some time to realize they should have filed the form, they oftentimes get hit with the maximum penalty — which is 25% of the value of the gift.
Foreign Trust Reporting
Foreign trusts have to be reported on Forms 3520 and 3520-A. The tax and reporting requirements for foreign trusts can be very onerous and complicated.
Filing Foreign Corporation & Partnership Information Returns
When a US person has an ownership or interest in a foreign corporation or foreign partnership, they may have several reporting and filing requirements. Two of the most common forms the taxpayer may have to file is a Form 5471 or Form 8865. If the taxpayer does not file these forms timely, they may be subject to fines and penalties.
Reporting Foreign Pension
The rules surrounding the US reporting and taxation of foreign pensions are very complicated. Whether or not the foreign country has entered into a tax treaty with the United States (such as the UK) will help determine the US taxation rules for the pension. The problem is that not all tax treaties go into great depth regarding specific foreign pensions — such as Australia and the superannuation tax and reporting rules. Likewise, with some foreign countries, the US has not entered into any tax treaty with them, and therefore the income generated from these types of retirement plans — such as provident funds — from countries such as Singapore and Hong Kong may be taxable in the US (even though they are tax-deferred overseas).
Avoiding or Minimizing Offshore Penalties
Sometimes a taxpayer will receive a notice such as a CP15 notice, 504 Notice, or examination/audit request regarding international-related penalties. Our International Tax Attorneys work with clients to try to get these penalties minimized, avoided, or abated.
Foreign and International Cryptocurrency Tax and Reporting
The US government has yet to issue specific rules regarding the tax and reporting of overseas cryptocurrency located outside of the United States. Recently, FinCEN has released proposed regulations for overseas cryptocurrency which tend to mimic the regulations required for similar cash transactions to avoid structuring and smurfing.