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For many individuals, the Streamlined Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program provided welcome relief in comparison to the “initial” Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program. ¬†Many taxpayers with foreign accounts and assets contact wonder what forms and documents must be filed to apply for the Streamlined Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program. ¬†In general, taxpayer’s must file the necessary FBARs, amend...
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Non-willful conduct is required under the Streamlined Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program (Streamlined OVDP).  If the failure to report foreign bank accounts and/or foreign financial assets was non-willful, you may be subject to a lower penalty base.  The key question is, what constitutes non-willful actions by a taxpayer?  Generally, the IRS would consider non-willful to mean...
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When an asset is placed into service and depreciation is taken as a deduction, the adjusted basis of the asset will be impacted.  The video below has been prepared by a tax attorney at The McGuire Law Firm to discuss this issue.  Please remember to always consult your tax attorney, business attorney, CPA and/or other...
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When forming a partnership the partners will make initial capital contributions and may make additional contributions depending upon the operations of the partnership and partnership agreement.  Common capital contributions may include cash, property (vehicles, equipment, computers etc.) and sometimes services. The video below has been prepared by a tax attorney and business attorney at The...
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If you are under audit by the IRS, have received a notice of deficiency or the IRS is attempting to collect past due taxes, you can receive representation.  The video below has been prepared by a tax attorney at The McGuire Law Firm to provide information regarding who can represent you before the Internal Revenue...
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A taxpayer has the right to a collection due process hearing with the Internal Revenue Service Appeals Office under certain circumstances.  This hearing can be very beneficial to a taxpayer in terms of preventing enforcement action such as a bank levy or wage garnishment and by a means to establish or propose an agreement with...
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If you have claimed a filing status of Head of Household, the IRS may ask you to verify the elements that allow you to claim head of household.  The IRS can send you written notice requesting documents and information that would verify your status.  Form 886 H HOH helps provide the requirements of claiming head...
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Are distributions from a nondeductible IRA, such as a Roth IRA taxable?  IRS Form 8606 can be used to calculate the taxable amount (if any) from a nondeductible IRA. The Video below has been prepared by a tax attorney at The McGuire Law Firm to provide additional information regarding Form 8606.  You can speak with a...
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Taxpayers may receive a IRS Supporting Document Request from the Internal Revenue Service requesting supporting documents for certain items, issues or positions taken on a tax return.  Common issues of which the IRS would request a taxpayer support could be IRS Filing Status.  For example, if a taxpayer filed head of household, the IRS may...
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FinCEN is the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network.  The goal and objective of FinCEN is to monitor financial institutions through regulations that require certain record keeping, record maintenance and reporting.  Because many crimes such as illegal drug trafficking, terrorism and others involve large sums of money and the use of financial institution, FinCEN and other law...
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