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 404-445-8095 and ask for Victor Delerme.
Delerme CPA is a highly respected CPA Firm with two offices in Atlanta, Midtown Atlanta and Perimeter. We work with all types of businesses throughout Atlanta helping them minimize their tax obligations legally. For additional expertise, we provide International Taxation, Expatriate and Inpatriate Tax Services, and help foreign business owners establish businesses in the United States. Our staff is fluent in English and Spanish. Our International Tax specialty has enabled us to work with clients in South America, Central America and throughout the Carribean.