Foreign Bank Account Reporting – IRS Priority List
If you have a foreign bank account that has not been reported to the IRS, then you could be facing serious civil penalties and even criminal penalties. These penalties fall under the Foreign Bank Account Report, FBAR violations.
To illustrate, the IRS Dirty Dozen tax scam list for 2016 clearly illustrates the emphasis placed upon hiding money or foreign bank accounts (see excerpt below).
The Internal Revenue Service today said avoiding taxes by hiding money or assets in unreported offshore accounts remains on its annual list of tax scams known as the “Dirty Dozen” for the 2015 filing season.
“Our continued enforcement actions should discourage anyone from trying to illegally hide money and income offshore,” said IRS Commissioner John Koskinen. “We have voluntary options to help taxpayers get their taxes and filing obligations in order.”
Since the first Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program (OVDP) opened in 2009, there have been more than 54,000 disclosures and we have collected more than $8 billion from this initiative alone. The IRS conducted thousands of offshore-related civil audits that have produced tens of millions of dollars. The IRS has also pursued criminal charges leading to billions of dollars in criminal fines and restitutions.
The IRS continues to beat this drum more aggressively each year. If you would like to discuss this situation, simply call 410-466-3779 and ask for Stephen Graber, CPA.
Graber CPA is a full service CPA Accounting Firm with two offices in Baltimore to better serve you, Pikesville and Inner Harbor on International Drive (Legg Mason Tower). Regardless of your situation, our goal is to minimize your tax obligation within the legal guidelines. We have served the Baltimore community since 1993 and we are experts in taxation.