The tax agency on Wednesday warned foreign financial institutions of a "phishing" scam in which fraudsters posing as the IRS are trying to solicit account-holder identity and financial account information under the new US law.
The US Treasury Department said on July 1, the day FATCA went into effect, that nearly 100 jurisdictions and more than 80,000 financial institutions worldwide now have agreements with the United States to fight overseas tax evasion.
IRS Commissioner John Koskinen outlined a number of changes to the agency's Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program on Wednesday, which he believes will lead to a surge in US taxpayers coming forward to report on undisclosed foreign accounts.
Who would've ever thought Beanie Babies would emerge as part of a tax evasion scheme? Only in America. But on September 19, the billionaire creator of Beanie Babies, Ty Warner, was hit with charges of tax evasion.
A surprising number of Americans living abroad are giving up and saying "uncle" to Uncle Sam. In quarter two of 2013, more Americans – 1,130 – renounced their citizenship than in all of 2012. That's in addition to 679 in the first quarter.
If certain Republican lawmakers have their way, the IRS will have less of the taxpayers' money to play around with. A new budget proposal would limit the IRS budget to $9 billion – a reduction of 24 percent.
The United States, Australia, and the United Kingdom have announced a collaborative effort to share tax information from a multitude of trusts and companies holding assets on behalf of residents from far-flung places.
A ruling in a San Francisco federal court on April 29 allows the IRS to seek information on US taxpayers who may have offshore bank accounts in the Caribbean. Judge Thelton E. Henderson authorized the IRS to serve a "John Doe" summons on financial services firm Wells Fargo & Co.
The IRS continues to work on improvements relating to tax reporting of assets held in foreign banking accounts. Now it has released a new draft of Form 8957 that it expects will lead to increased compliance.
The US Department of the Treasury and the IRS jointly issued comprehensive final regulations under the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) for reporting and withholding taxes on US taxpayers with financial accounts held abroad.