Ahead of Christmas exodus, ACA reiterates importance of passports for Americans resident abroad

Fourteen days before Christmas, as American expats around the world were beginning to pack their bags and return to the States to celebrate the holidays with their families, the American Citizens Abroad formally reiterated its concern about a recent decision by the IRS to row back on a "temporary suspension" of a regulation that permits the government to revoke or deny U.S. passports to Americans "with open National Taxpayer Advocate Services cases".

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IRS to non-U.S. banks: 'You don't need to close accounts of Americans whose TINs you don't have after all'

Under pressure from European banks in particular, the U.S. Internal Revenue Service has issued clarification with respect to a FATCA requirement that "foreign financial institutions" be obliged to provide the so-called Taxpayer Identification Numbers of their American clients from January, 2020 onward, which tax experts say means that banks now won't have to close the accounts of their TIN-lacking "accidental American" clients at the end of this year.

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Andersen analysis: IRS virtual currency guidance clarifies tax treatment of 'hard forks' and 'airdrops'

Will a 'hard fork' result in gross income, and a reporting obligation for the U.S. taxpayer owner of the virtual currency subject to that 'fork'?

As reported, the U.S. Internal Revenue Service recently released some long-anticipated guidance on this and other questions, addressing how those subject to U.S. taxation should report their cryptocurrency assets and transactions.

Here, Joe Gill – a New York-based managing director in Andersen's U.S. National Tax office – shares his thoughts on the latest IRS guidance...

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Comment: Is the new IRS 'Relief Procedures' initiative really better than existing options?

On September 6, the U.S. Internal Revenue Service introduced an enhanced streamline program aimed at enabling “certain former citizens” to extract themselves more easily than has been the case till now, from American citizenships that they never used and typically, only found out about recently...

Here, Kevin E. Packman, a partner with the Holland & Knight law firm in Miami, Florida, who specializes in tax and citizenship issues, considers the merits of the new Relief Procedures.

Sri Lankan politician, media join those asking questions about U.S. renunciation data

A Sri Lankan presidential candidate whose name failed to appear on the U.S. government's quarterly list of individuals who have renounced their citizenship is inadvertently drawing attention to a question many Americans and former Americans have been asking for years – which is why it can take months for renunciants' names to appear on the list. 

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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 part, adopted hundreds of her recommendations, and Congress introduced dozens of bills to implement others, 15 of which were signed into law, according to published accounts of Olson's legacy....

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AXFNJ Podcast: Dems Abroad’s Rebecca Lammers discusses the ‘suffocating’ U.S. expat tax situation with AXFNJ’s Richardson

AXFNJ Podcast: Dems Abroad’s Rebecca Lammers discusses the ‘suffocating’ U.S. expat tax situation with AXFNJ’s Richardson

In 2010, when President Obama signed the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act into law – hidden inside a domestic jobs bill few still remember, called the HIRE Act – Rebecca Lammers had...

Dec-02-2022