Swiss Bank ZKB To Pay $98.5M For Role In US Tax Avoidance

By Natalie Olivo Law360 (August 13, 2018, 8:50 PM EDT) -- Swiss bank Zürcher Kantonalbank has agreed to pay $98.5 million after admitting to helping U.S. clients dodge taxes by letting them stash money in undeclared accounts that used code names and shell companies, Manhattan federal prosecutors announced Monday. ZKB will hand over the amount as part of a deferred prosecution agreement, which the bank reached after Read More

A Brief Guide to the IRS Appeals Process

Dealing with the IRS is a headache, especially if you’ve already dealt with a problem and received a less-than-favorable determination about your tax dispute. At this point, it might feel like you’ve run out of options and just have to get on with paying what the IRS has determined that you owe.  But the fight is not yet over. The IRS Office of Appeals is an independent organization within the IRS that helps Read More

Tax Law: Doubts as to Liability and Collectability

Dealing with any tax issue with the IRS can be a headache, particularly if you find yourself in mounds of debt. Regardless of how many notices or penalties you have received, it’s important to remember that you do have options. The IRS details these on its website and wants to work with you to alleviate your debt as well as get their money. One option provided by the IRS for alleviating tax debt is called the Offer Read More

Subpoenaed by the Government? Take These 4 Steps Immediately!

In general, a subpoena operates like a court order that either requires you to appear in court or a Grand Jury to testify or a directive ordering you to produce documents about a certain matter. Although receiving a subpoena from the government can be surprising, and sometimes worrisome, it’s important that you don’t panic or do something rash, such as deleting the documents inquired about in the subpoena, because Read More

Did You Know that the IRS Has Special Agents?

As with any other criminal activity, tax crimes are serious and require extensive investigations. And, just like the other federal law enforcement agencies, the IRS has special agents that investigate and help to prosecute people for committing such crimes. In fact, the IRS has its own Criminal Investigation Division and is the only federal agency with the authority to conduct investigations into potential Read More

What You Should Know About the Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts or FBAR

Whenever you are dealing with taxes or the IRS, the list of unknowns and potential issues is neverending. This is especially true in today’s world, where everything is done on a global scale. If you are a taxpayer (as an individual or a business) living in the United States, then you should be used to filing your taxes every year. But what if you have foreign bank accounts or investments? Who tracks that money and Read More

How to Defend Against Wage Garnishments

Wage garnishment is a type of IRS tax levy and is a means of collection by the IRS against a taxpayer who owes taxes, penalties or interest to the IRS. A levy is the IRS’s right to seize your property. So when the IRS garnishes your wages, it means that they have the right to take a percentage of your income directly out of your paycheck. Unfortunately, the IRS’s right to impose a levy against your wages is Read More

A Guide to IRS Wage Garnishments and Levies

If you have outstanding tax debts, then the IRS can impose a number of different penalties on you until your debt is paid in full. Although the penalty should never come as a surprise, as the IRS typically sends lots of notices to warn you before taking action, it’s still a scary and stressful time all the same. So what are some of the things the IRS can do if you have unpaid taxes? One of the main things the IRS Read More

21st Century Taxation Problems: The IRS and Bitcoin Cryptocurrency

Like many things to do with technology, cryptocurrency has evolved much faster than the laws designed to regulate it. Since there is money involved, the level of governmental regulations attempting to define the laws around it is that much higher. One of the most pressing and most difficult areas of regulation involving cryptocurrency is that of taxation. First, what are cryptocurrencies? They are essentially Read More

The 5 Things That Are Going Away With the New Tax Reform

Itemized deductions have been a time-honored tradition for taxpayers for years and the creativity that they can inspire have been a marvel. However, as the saying goes, all good things must come to an end, and under the new Tax Cuts and Job Act of 2017 (TCJA), numerous cherished itemized deductions have been eliminated in favor of a doubling of the standard deduction. Let us take a moment to remember the itemized Read More