Zurich Life, Zurich Int'l Life to pay US$5.1m to U.S. gov't in 'undeclared accounts' agreement

Zurich Life Insurance Company Ltd., headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland, and Isle of Man-based Zurich International Life Ltd. have agreed a deal with the U.S. Justice Department that will see the entities pay a collective penalty of US$5.1m, in return for the Justice Department's agreeing not to prosecute them in connection with certain "tax-related criminal offenses" having to do with some of their U.S. tax-paying clients.

  • Tax

La Torre Jeker: Impact of TCJA on expats’ overseas properties’ finances

Almost from the moment President Trump signed his Tax Cuts and Jobs Act into law on Dec. 22, 2017, the expatriate American-focused tax advisory industry has focused on its implications for those Americans with an ownership interest in an overseas company, and their consequent new tax obligations.

But that wasn’t the only aspect of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act that has significant implications for Americans who live outside the U.S., Dubai-based tax expert Virginia La Torre Jeker, pictured above, says. Here, she addresses in detail how the TCJA impacts Americans overseas who own their own homes.

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Expat tax experts Richardson, La Torre Jeker go looking for ‘Mr FBAR’

Looking for Mr Goodbar was a 1975 book, made into a film two years later, about a New York City schoolteacher who ended up being murdered by a young man she’d just met. 

“Mr FBAR,” on the other hand – and of rather more relevance here – is an Expatland nickname for a document that U.S. expats around the world have been required to file annually with the IRS since 1970, if their total offshore bank and financial account holdings total US$10,000 or more at any time during the tax year.

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Taxpayer Advocacy Panel's expat rep to expats: 'Let's work together'

Taxpayer Advocacy Panel's expat rep to expats: 'Let's work together'

Last week, National Taxpayer Advocate Nina Olson retired from the role she held for 19 years. During this time, the IRS, of which the National Taxpayer Advocate's office is a...

Aug-08-2019