What expats should know about the Taxpayer Advocate Service

In 2015, just as non-U.S. banks and financial services entities around the world began complying with the U.S. tax evasion prevention law known as FATCA – and in so doing, kicked off a tax-reporting nightmare for U.S. expats that continues – the U.S. Internal Revenue Service closed the last four of its overseas offices, citing an unavoidable need to cut costs... 

TIGTA reports: an interim report on the 2022 filing season; and 'strategy needed' to grow electronic filing of biz returns

The U.S. Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) this month has published two reports that consider differing aspects of the Internal Revenue Service's recent performance – and has arrived at many of the same conclusions that the National Taxpayer Advocate, Erin M. Collins, did, in her annual report to Congress back in January, on what the IRS needs to do to improve its efficacy. 

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HELP! What am I to do when foreign law impacts the U.S. treatment of my tax case?

As regular readers of the American Expat Financial News Journal possibly know better than most, U.S. taxpayers who live abroad (as well as their tax advisers) are increasingly having to consider the potential interactions between U.S. and foreign laws when determining the U.S. tax consequences of a particular financial transaction.

U.S. tax expert Virginia La Torre Jeker explains it this way: "In today's world, it is no longer possible for practitioners to ignore the possible implications of another country’s laws."

Virginia La Torre Jeker, on whether you can (now) trust IRS FAQs: 'It still depends...'

Last week, we reported the news that the U.S. Internal Revenue Service had announced that U.S. taxpayers could now begin to claim a "reasonable cause" defense, in the event they were ever to find themselves hit with a penalty in connection with a tax matter for which they had "reasonably and in good faith" relied upon any IRS-published FAQs (frequently-asked-questions) that has to do with new tax legislation.

For Virginia La Torre Jeker, the well-known American tax expert and blogger who is (famously) based in Dubai, the IRS's statement was, well, about as clear as mud...

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Alan S. Lederman: 'U.S. taxation and foreign expropriation without U.S. representation?'

Alan S. Lederman: 'U.S. taxation and foreign expropriation without U.S. representation?'

US citizens holding dual foreign nationality and living abroad may have individually owned assets that could be subject to foreign government expropriation, says Florida based attorney Alan S. Lederman, of...

Jun-29-2022