Robert Wood, posted a “Memorial Day Article” drawing attention to the renunciations of U.S. citizenship. The very first comment was from a Homelander who is an adherent of the “Don’t let the door hit you on the way out” principle. This particular Homelander writes:
The above tweet references an excellent series of posts written by CPA Joe Kristan about Commissioner Shulman’s tenure as IRS Commissioner and the FBAR Fundraiser. This collection of posts are among the best ever written about FBAR, OVDI and the like. Most of these were written during the “OVDI Terrorism” years of 2009 – 2012. While I’m at at it, here is some of my commentary during this period:
(This includes links to another four posts on this topic.)
(And when the IRS reintroduced the Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program)
IRS reopens the Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program and promises new procedures for U.S. citizens living outside the United States
I have followed this story from the beginning and written a number of posts about Mr. FBAR and “The FBAR Fundraiser”. It’s even possible that the IRS may have contributed to the failure of Americans abroad to file the FBAR.
Please note that Mr. FBAR must now be filed online and only online. Mr. FBAR even has a new name. He’s called: FinCen 114.
Frankly, I don’t know how any government could do this to its citizens or lawful permanent residents. What is wrong with these people?
The above tweet references the following comment at the Isaac Brock Society. It explains why (if the U.S. is really serious about encouraging Americans abroad to enter the U.S. tax system, it will have to offer a serious amnesty program. This commenter is brutally honest and explains the reality of the situation very well. (Note I have added various links to the comment.)
This is a companion to the earlier post I wrote suggesting why Swiss banks should NOT join the OVDP program for Swiss banks. In this post I argue that individuals shouldn’t join OVDP for people. At the moment that means that nobody should join OVDP.
I have written a number of posts about the OVDP program for Swiss banks. The banks should stay away from it. But what does it mean for Americans in Switzerland? The answer is that they are being asked to prove that they are U.S. tax compliant. Remember that proof has nothing to do with proof.
The Swiss banks are taking the lead in asking the question. One American in Switzerland reports receiving the following message from Post Finance:
Interesting FATCA and tax compliance post from Mr. Mopsick which includes:
For both Americans abroad and recent immigrants: Millions of people are agonizing over the question, “Should I just blow it off or do I really need to take some action?” The answer is easy: Whether you take action or not is all based on your personal tolerance level for risk and uncertainty. It is your decision to make. Many people are totally comfortable with the idea that they will never get caught violating the tax laws by not reporting foreign income and accounts or for some reason don’t care if they do get caught. This is because it is one thing for the IRS to compute a tax due and owing from a delinquent taxpayer, but the IRS is years away from routine collection in the ordinary course of delinquent taxes from Americans overseas, provided there are no periodic or regular payments like Social Security payments or pension payments leaving the US for accounts abroad.
Leaving one with the question for Americans abroad:
Is it more dangerous to be IN tax compliance or NOT in tax compliance?
Time will tell. If Mr. Mopsick is correct in his analysis, this suggests those NOT in tax compliance have time to respond to their situation and NOT react!
- #FATCA is sure to create and exacerbate tensions between Homelanders and #Americansabroad (renounceuscitizenship.wordpress.com)
- Will FATCA Ever Go Into Effect? (forbes.com)
- #FATCA and human freedom – 2011 and 2013 perspectives from @WendyMcElroy1 (renounceuscitizenship.wordpress.com)
- War Report: Local perspective on #OVDP for Swiss banks and #Americansabroad in Switzerland (renounceuscitizenship.wordpress.com)
- Amid IRS Abuse, Record Number of Americans Give Up U.S. Citizenship (rinf.com)
- Amid IRS Abuse, Record Number of Americans Give Up U.S. Citizenship (wchildblog.com)
- Required reading for countries considering a #FATCA IGA with the US (renounceuscitizenship.wordpress.com)
The threat of FATCA enforcement has impacted every jurisdiction in the world and the global financial industry is quaking with fear. The US Justice Department has taken the position that the entire non-US financial industry is potentially part of a continuing criminal conspiracy with some US individuals and multi-national companies to evade US income tax. The Justice Department has unilaterally forged ahead to obtain indictments and convictions over prominent foreign banks, bankers, and some of their US customers. The United States justification for claiming the moral high ground is that it is merely seeking to have all US taxpayers pay tax as required under US law.