Articles on FATCA, CBT, Citizenship matters that have come to our attention during 2018.
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Living Abroad Isn’t So Idyllic for U.S. Expats Facing New Taxes, Joe Light, Bloomberg News, US.
Wall Street Caught in Crosshairs of ‘Unforgiving’ Foreign Tax, Lynnley Browning, Bloomberg News, US.
Seeking glitch relief, Bernie Becker, Politico, US.
Bank of America questions customer’s citizenship, freezes accounts, Zoe Brown and Emily Sinovic, AZFamily, US.
FATCA Repeal Update: The action to take right now! Anthony Parent interviews Suzanne Herman, Keith Redmond and John Richardson, IRS Medic, US. (video)
OMB Wraps UP Review of New Law’s Transition Tax Rules, Cheryl Bolen and Allyson Versprille. Bloomberg News, US.
Thousands of bank accounts closed due to foreign information sharing law, Emma Hatton, Radio New Zealand, New Zealand.
Thousands of bank accounts frozen and at risk of being closed due to foreign information sharing law, Reddit Forum.
Bank of America to pay $16.6 million to resolve U.S. sanctions violations, Arnua Viswanatha, Reuters.
GOP chairman outlines plan for phase two of tax cuts, Naomi Jagoda, The Hill, US
Former citizens of a country, why did you renounce your citizenship / how did you lose it? Reddit Forum.
why are so many americans offended that i don’t want to become a citizen? Reddit Forum.
Chinese neuroscientist cries foul after ‘arrogant’ US embassy refuses him a visa . . . again, Lee Jeong-ho, South China Morning Post, Hong Kong.
The National Taxpayer Advocate Responds to Private Debt Collectors’ Contentions, Nina E. Olson, TaxConnections.
Family’s $500K inheritance seized by US border officials, Ashley Burke, CBC News, Canada.
US Border Officials Confiscate Family’s $500,000 Inheritance, Daniel Moritz-Rabson, Newsweek, US.
Changes to federal policies pave way for sudden visa denials, deportation, Graham Kates, CBS News, US.
Why filing taxes isn’t easy, Joseph Bankman, Politico, US.
Citizenship shouldn’t be a birthright, Michael Anton,Washington Post, US.
As End Looms, IRS Offshore Disclosure Program Processing Delays Create Additional Risk For Participants, Jeffrey J. Erney, Peter Anthony, Sanpreet (Sunny) Dhaliwal and David Mayhall, Mondaq.
IRS spent $380m but took ‘limited or no action’ on offshore tax dodgers, Spencer Woodman, International Consortium of Investigative Journalists.
Long-Ignored §962 Could Let Wealthy Tap 21% Corporate Rate Under New Tax Law, Paul Caron, TaxProf Blog, US.
Ryan expects bill on tax fixes to come after midterms, Naomi Jagoda, The Hill, US.
Cambridge grandmother hounded to pay £200 in US — despite leaving as a TODDLER, Tommy Lumby and Raymond Brown, CambridgeshireLive, UK.
Tax Loophole From 1960s Could Let Wealthy Tap 21% Corporate Rate, Joe Light, Bloomberg, US.
Delaware Supports Bill to End its Status as Tax Haven, William Byrnes, International Financial Law Prof Blog.
US agency mistakenly mails Mexican child’s passport to Nova Scotia, Danielle d’Entremont, CBC News, Canada.
Thousands of Americans stand to be denied passports due to unpaid taxes, John Bowden, The Hill, US.
Thousands of Americans Will Be Denied a Passport Because of Unpaid Taxes, Laura Saunders, Wall Street Journal, US.
Despite Spending Nearly $380 Million, the Internal Revenue Service Is Still Not Prepared to Enforce Compliance With the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act, Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration, US.
Direct link to the EU debate for July 4 re Accidental Americans, European Parliament.
“Accidental Americans” ask Trump for independence, Zachary Young Politico, US.
‘Accidental Americans’ living in France take stand against US tax bills, The Local, France.
More Americans are considering cutting their ties with the US—here’s why, Lorie Konish, CNBC, US.
Tell Us: If You’re A New American Citizens, How Are You Marking July 4th? National Public Radio, US. (Eric notes: Apparently they mean people who emigrated from other countries to the US . . . but in any case, you can still submit comments in the form at that npr.org link,or reply to them on Twitter.
Downsides to renouncing US citizenship? Reddit Forum.
GOP chairman envisions tax reform 2.0 as a package of bills, Naomi Jagoda, The Hill, US.
Any former Americans here that have renounced or relinquished their US citizenship? A few questions for you, Reddit Forum.
New 1040 tax form is postcard-size, but more complicated than ever, Jim Tankersley, Seattle Times, US.
Big changes coming at the IRS with new commissioner, Michael Cohn, Accounting Today, US.
That Time the US Almost Went to War with Canada, Kevin Lippert, Politico, US.
CIBC reaches for more as its US banking push starts paying off, Doug Alexander, Bloomberg News, US, and Financial Post, Canada.
The IRS’ Continued Refusal to Exclude Open TAS Cases from the Passport Certification Program Violates Taxpayer Rights, Taxpayer’s Advocate Service, Internal Revenue Service, US.
To not want to pay tax as an “Accidental American“, budinbloom, Mumsnet forum, UK.
On 15 June Intl Tax Filing Day tell Congress we’re double taxed, we vote and we’re not happy. Call! Carmelan Polce, Democrats Abroad.
Tax Havens Blunt Impact of Corporate Tax Cut, Economists Say, Jim Tankersley, New York Times, US.
US planning international tax guidance on BEAT, GILTI, transition tax, Harter says, Julie Martin, MNE Tax.
Expats object to filing US taxes, Michael Cohn, Accounting Today, US.
The Missing Profits of Nations, Thomas Tørsløv (University of Copenhagen), Ludvig Wier (University of Copenhagen), Gabriel Zucman (UC Berkeley and NBER).
Questions and Answers about Reporting Related to Section 965 on 2017 Tax Returns, Internal Revenue Service, US.
Expat Americans given one-year reprieve on US repatriation tax, Andrew Edgecliffe-Johnson, Financial Times, UK.
US Expats Get Dear John Letters From Their Banks, Lisa Smith, iExpats.
Macron: Countries must work together to fix flawed tax system, Simone Rensch, Public Finance International.
My dad is having panic attacks about FATCA – advice needed please!, Reddit.
“US could face EU blacklist in 2019, STEP (Society of Trust and Estate Practitoners).
If You Are A U.S. /Canadian Dual Citizen And Want To Be A Shareholder In A Canadian Business – Renounce U.S. Citizenship, John Richardson, TaxConnections.
FBAR ruling may limit penalties, Roger Russell, Accounting Today, US.
GDPR: US news sites unavailable to EU users under new rules, BBC News, UK.
Saying a “Canadian is a Canadian is a Canadian” when discussing the rights and privileges of dual-nationals and expats ignores the nuances of citizenship, Andrew Griffith, Policy Options, Canada
On or about 2018.05.25 (datelined June 2018)
Extended Assessment Periods and International Tax Enforcement: M. Rafizadeh,Unreported Foreign Assets, and Use of FATCA Weapons, Hale E. Sheppard, ChamberlainLaw, US.
IRS Defends Budget That Would Cut More Than 2,200 Full-Time Jobs, Charles S. Clark, Government Executive. US.
Can You Claim a Refund of your “Willful” FBAR Penalty? Virginia La Torre Jeker, AngloInfo, Dubai.
Opportunity to submit a comment to Congress on the Repatriation Tax, Republicans Overseas.
The little-known IRS rule that may have some wealthy Canadians eventually owing taxes on their U.S. stocks, Benj Gallander and Ben Stadelmann, Globe and Mail, Canada.
District Court Caps IRS Authority to Assess Willful FBAR Penalty at $100,000, Jack Townsend, Federal Tax Crimes, US.
After the royal wedding, will Meghan Markle have to rein in her activism? Karla Adam and William Booth, Washington Post, US.Special Counsel Opposes Motion to Dismiss FBAR Count as Untimely Because of Secret 18 USC 3292 Order, Jack Townsend, Federal Tax Crimes, US.
Canada’s answer to U.S. tax plan won’t come till fall, Morneau says, Bill Curry, Globe and Mail, Canada.
EU commission answer to FATCA Report, YouTube. See also: Question: The adverse effects of the US Foreign Tax Compolaince Act (FATCA) on EU citziens and in particular “accidental Americans” Text of the “Oral Question to Commission/Council” tabled following the presentation of the FATCA study, Cecilia Wikstrom, Member, European Parliament. Draft Motion for a Resolution, Cecilia Wikstom, Member, European Parliament.
Le Sénat apporte son soutien aux “Américains acciddentels”, Breizh-Info France.
“Américains accidentels” concernés par le FATCA, communiqué de presse, le Sénat, France.
Petition to the EU on FATCA, Association of Americans Resident Overseas.
FATCA may violate new EU Laws, The American, UK.
MPs to lobby U.S. counterparts on impact of Trump tax in Canada, Elizabeth Thompson, CBC News, Canada.
Fewer Americans Renounce Citizenship, But Taxes Still Drive Them, Robert Wood, Forbes, US.
TIL [Today I Learned] that I’m a US ctizien, what’s going on with the taxation, IWantOut, Reddit. [Accidental American in Europe gets a FATCA letter]
Switzerland – A Once-in-a-Lifetime Chance to spreading Positive Banking News to the World, Peter Koenig, The Saker.
IRS warns about new twist in banking scam, (scam aimed at international taxpayers and non-resident aliens), Michael Cohn, Accounting Today, US.
IRS Holding 2017 Overpayments to Satisfy Future Section 965 Liabilities, McDermott, Will & Emery, JD Supra.
For ‘accidental Americans,’ the hidden costs prove taxing, Colette Davidson, Christian Science Monitor, US, also at Yahoo News, UK.
The Treatment of Foreign Profits in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, Tax Foundation, US.
Trudeau government should help those hit by Trump tax: MPs, Elizabeth Thompson, CBC News, Canada.
Irish ‘accidental Americans’ could be subject to US tax bills, Fiona Reddan, The Irish Times, Ireland.
Reporting on the Transition Tax’s effect on Canadians, The World at Six, CBC Radio, Canada. @1.29.45. Suzanne and Ted Herman interviewed.
On or about 2018.05.01
Tax Reform, Round One: Understanding the real consequences of the new tax law, Mihir A. Desai, Harvard Magazine, US.
Trump’s tax reform affects Canadian residents,The National, CBC TV, Canada. Suzanne and Ted Herman interviewed.
Trump tax reform resulting in massive bills for thousands of Canadian residents, CBC News, Canada. Suzanne and Ted Herman interviewed.
(Note: the term “Canadian residents” is used in these CBC headlines. This could lead one to think it only affects people with permanent, or even temporary, resident status, but this matter also affects Canadian citizens (which the Hermans are)).
A FATCA Complaint Filed Against BNP Paribas in France, Association of Americans Resident Overseas.
Key GOP chairman praises Trump’s IRS nominee following meeting, Naomi Jagoda, The Hill, US.
As US expat groups lobby, Washington lawmakers debate Trump tax bill, Helen Burggraf, International Investment.
Congressional staff aims to finish technical corrections to tax reform bill, Michael Cohn, Accounting Today, US.
‘Accidental Americans’ living abroad fight tax bill from Uncle Sam, Nancy Ing and Yuliya Talmazan, NBC News, US.
On or about 2016.04.22
FATCA: Citizenship-Based Taxation, Foreign Asset Reporting Requirements and American Citizens Abroad, Andrew Grossman, New York University, Hauser Global Law School Program, US.
GDPR: Are you ready for the EU’s huge data privacy shake-up? Clive Coleman, BBC News, UK.
FATCA: Citizenship-Based Taxation, Foreign Asset Reporting Requirements and American Citizens Abroad, Andrew Grossman, NYU Law Global, US.
Relinquishment of United States Nationality, Eric, Wikipedia.
‘Accidental Americans’ in France Press Macron for IRS Relief, Gregory Viscusi, Bloomberg, US.
Plight of French ‘Américains Accidentels’ gets major US media coverage, Helen Burggraf, International Investment.
Ways and Means Moves 12 IRS Reform Bills, Many With Technology Focus, Charles S. Clark, Government Executive, US.
Kudlow Plunges Into New Role as Trump’s Economic Warrior, Jason Sink and Steve Matthews, Bloomberg, US.
Some Said They’d Flee Trumps America. These People Actually Did, Ronda Kaysen, New York Times, US.
Submission in response to IRS Notice on Transition Taxes on Foreign Earnings, Carmelan Polce, Taxation Tax Force Chair, Democrats Abroad.
Look Out, Meghan Markle! The IRS Is Watching, Laura Saunders, Wall Street Journal, US.
Mulvaney prevails in turf battle over tax regs, Aaron Lorenzo Politico, US.
The Tragedy of Paul Ryan, Tim Alberta, Politico, US.
Treasury, OMB Update Tax Regulatory Review Process, Press Release, Department of the Treasury, US.
Memorandum of Agreement: The Department of the Treasury and the Office of Management and Budget Review of Tax Regulations under Executive Order 12866.
Join The Taxpayer Advocacy Panel And Help Improve The IRS, Internal Revenue Service, TaxConnections. (Details here: Taxpayer Advocacy Panel currently is accepting applications for new members. Deadline to apply is 2018.04.27.)
The EU and the ‘new 21st century colonialism’, Anthony Travers, International Investment.
HR 1932, Stop Tax Haven Abuse Act, US Congress.
Anti-FATCA lawsuit plaintiff vows fight against FATCA ‘will go on’, Helen Burggraf, International Investor.
An Overview of the US’s Transition Tax: Webinar, Karen Alpert and John Richards, TaxLink.
A Discussion Of Belated Alternatives To The Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program and Recommendations For Further Improvements, Nina Olsen, National Taxpayer Advocate, Forbes, US.
Residence Based Taxation Proposal, Karen Alpert, Greg Swanson and John Richardson, Fix the Tax Treaty, Australia.
US visa applicants to be asked for social media history, Brendan O’Brien, Reuters.
American participants in foreign retirement plans need clearer rules, David Powell, Employee Benefit Advisor, US.
Skipped FATCA Disclosures Can Be Criminal, Robert Wood, Forbes, US.
Audience with IRS sought by French over ‘Accidentals’, Helen Burggraf, International Investment.
The Dystopian Reality of Being an “Accidental American”, Kevin P., Global Voices.
American expat groups turn up heat on US lawmakers over tax, Helen Burggraf, International Investment.
IRS Releases Draft FATCA Certification Questions for Individuals, International Taxpayers, Small Business and Self Employed and Large Business and International Corporations, Kat Jennings, TaxConnections.
Quand le fisc américain traque les contribuables français, Marie Visot, Le Figaro, France. English translation at WorldCrunch, When the IRS Tracks Down “Accidental Americans” In France.
IRS Ending the Overseas Voluntary Disclosure Program (OVDP), American Citizens Abroad.
1st Taxpayer Victory In A “Wilfull” FBAR Penalty Case, Ronald Marini, Tax Connections.
IRS to end offshore voluntary disclosure program, William Byrnes, International Financial Law Professors Blog.
IRS Announces End To Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program, Kelly Phillips Erb, Forbes, US.
Update on Expat Tax Reform, Democrats Abroad.
Citizenship, Surveillance and Taxes: A Dystopian Tale, L. Finch, Global Voices.
How Old Are Your Kids? The Answer Could Determine Your Tax Bill, Ben Steverman, Bloomberg News, US.
GOP tax law snubs US expars and ‘accidental Americans”, Karen Alpert, The Conversation.
Purple Expat’s Assessment of the Democrats Abroad plan to fix tax problems for US citizens abroad, Greg Swanson with input from Karen Alpert, PurpleExpat.
Mnuchin: IRS funding needed to implement tax law, improve customer service, Jory Heckman, Federal News Radio, US.
New tax law could discourage sports team player trades, Michael Cohn, Accounting Today, US.
Tax fears: US-Aussie dual citizens provide IRS with details of $184 billion, Julie Power, Sydney Morning Herald, Australia.
The View from Europe: The OECD has Citizenship Programmes in its Sights, David Jessop, Barbados Advocate, Barbados.
Most US Expats Do Not File Correct US Tax Returns, Ephraim Moss, Tax Connections.
The Dumb Reason Some Kids Born to LGBTQ Americans Aren’t US Citizens, Jessica Schulberg, Huffington Post.
Split tax information sharing plan from budget bill, says critic, Elizabeth Thompson, CBC, Canada.
Budget 22018 includes plan to share Cdn tax info with foreign governments, Jeff Lagerquist, CTV, Canada.
Canada seeks exemption to Trump’s steel tariffs, vows retaliation, Kathleen Harris, CBC, Canada.
How To Turn IRS Notices Into a Marketing Opportunity, Michael Rozbruch, TaxConnections.
Meghan Markle will have to tell U.S. tax authorities the cash secrets of her romance with Prince Harry – including whether she has a royal allowance and the cost of her ring, Ben Ashford, DailyMail, UK.
Morneau Talks Tax Crackdown and Information Sharing, Advisor, Canada.
French ‘Américains Accidentels’ get boost from en Marche party leader, Helen Burggraf, International Investment.
Republicans Overseas requests a House Hearing on the harmful effects of “Expatriation Tax”, Republicans Overseas.
‘This is not normal’: Glitches mar new tax law, Brian Faler, Politico, US.
Pleading not GILTI: tax deferral strategies for Canadian-resident U.S. citizens, Max Reed, Advisor, Canada.
Tax law ignites White House power struggle, Nancy Cook and Aaron Lorenzo, Politico, US.
Americans Abroad not GILTI, but the U.S. Tax Reform Punishes Them Hard, Monte Silver, Cision PR Newswire.
The National Taxpayer Advocate “Purple Book”: A Summary Of Our Top 50 Legislative Recommendations, Nina Olsen, National Taxpayer Advocate, TaxConnections.
Covington carries on long distance race for Congress, Mike Grant, Washington Times Herald, US.
Think you can leave the US? Think again!, LauraInParis, Thom Hartmann, US.
Thousand of American Israelis to be Hit by Trump Corporate Repatriation Tax, Max Schindler, Jerusalem Post, Israel.
The US “Transition Tax” for 2018, James Meadows, Moodys Gartner, Canada.
Hatch Touts Business Tax Reform at Tax Policy Center, United States Senate Committee on Finance, US.
‘Accidental Americans’ in France looking to French gov’t for help, Helen Burggraf, International Investment.
2018.02.12 (datelined March 2018)
America’s Punishing Worldwide Tax Scheme, Véronique de Rugy, Reason, US.
US tax reform to bring double taxation to some Canadians, Julius Melnitzer, Financial Post, Canada.
Americans abroad hit by Trump’s new repatriation tax rules, Andrew Edgecliffe-Johnson, Financial Times, UK.
Concern over US tax bill’s treatment of expats’ overseas biz interests growing, Helen Burggraf, International Investor.
Europe’s new data protection rules export privacy standards worldwide, Mark Scott and Laurens Cerulus, Politico, US.
On or about 2018.02.05
What are the economic issues that you are facing or are concerned about?,Rep. Suzan DelBene, Washington 1st District, US Congress.
Living abroad, need help with US taxes, Reddit.
Report Says US Is World’s Second-Largest Tax Haven, Lynnley Browning, Bloomberg, US.
Global study names Switzerland as capital of bank secrecy, John O’Donnell, Reuters.
The Consequences of Filing Form 8854 Late, Phil Hodgen, Hogden Law Blog, US.
Trump tax reforms leads US entrepreneurs in Canada to consider giving up US citizenship,Globe and Mail, Canada. Paywalled – but part of the article is on the Globe and Mail’s Facebook page.
Tax Crimes Related News from Davos, Jack Townsend, Federal Tax Crimes, US.
KYC, Global, Mobile and Smartphone-Focused, Pymts.
Trump picks lawyer as next IRS commissioner, sources say, Aaron Lorenzo, Politico, US.
Lesbian couple sues for son’s US citizenship, BBC News, UK.
US plays Lone Ranger on international tax to its detriment, Peter A. Barnes and H. David Rosenbloom, The Hill, US.
Ottawa triggers NAFTA Chapter 19 over punitive US import duties on Bombardier, CSeries, softwood lumber, Financial Post, Canada.
US citizens living in Canada: Beware these five tax traps, Matt Altro and David Altro, Globe and Mail, Canada.
American expats are left high and dry by Trump’s tax reform: Uncle Sam needs to stop penalizing Americans and US green card holders living abroad, Grover Norquist and Patrick Gleason, NBC, US.
Netherlands expels top Eritrean diplomat, Daniel Mumbere, Africa News.
Advisors must be aware of the complexities US citizens face, Andrew Vaughan-Payne, International Advisor.
The Netherlands expels Eritrea’s top diplomat over ‘diaspora tax’ enforcement, Deutsche Welle, Germany.
The Stealthy Increase In The Tax Cuts And Jobs Act of 2017, Charles Rubin, TaxConnections.
Tax Court Bars IRS From Collecting Under FBAR, Roger Russell, Accounting Today, US.
Schumer asks IRS to give break to all NY residents who prepaid property taxes, Jerry Zremski, Buffalo (NY) News, US.
Millions of Americans have moved overseas — and it’s not because the U.S. is a ‘shithole’, Philip Bump, Washington Post, US.
Pressure to have kids become US citizens by consulate in Montréal, Reddit.
Tax Court bars IRS from collecting under FBAR, Roger Russell, Accounting Today, US.
US Treasury grants yet another extension of time for reporting signature authorities (FBAR, Form 114) over certain foreign financial accounts, EY Global Tax Alert.
National Taxpayer Advocate Deliverse Annual Report to Congress; Discusses Tax Reform Implementation and Unveils ‘Purple Book’, Internal Revenue Service, US.
https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/national-taxpayer-advocate-delivers-annual-report-to-congress-discusses-tax-reform-implementation-and-unveils-purple-book IR-2018-3, Jan. 10, 2018
Birth tourism brings Russian baby boom to Miami, Cynthia McFadden, Sarah Fitzpatrick, Tracy Connor and Anna R. Schecter, NBC, US.
Russian women are paying big money to come to the US for a very controversial reason, Chris Enloe, The Blaze, US.
Investing with One Hand Tied Behind Your Back – an Australian Perspective on United States Tax Rules for Non-Resident Citizens, Karen Alpert, SSRN.
Expats hit as funds suspended over missing Priips documents, Kirsten Hastings and Sonia Rach, International Investor.
Lesson From The Tax Court: Reporting Income v. Reporting Information, Bryan Camp, TaxProf Blog, US.
NYT Article on the Stefan Buck, Offshore Account Enabler, Acquittal, Jack Townsend, Federal Tax Crimes, US.
Relief for some US bankers in Switzerland as court blocks tax case info disclosure, Helen Burggraf, International Investment.
Swiss court stops handover of bank employee details to US, SwissInfo, Switzerland.
Donald Trump’s Tax Cuts and Jobs Act: the expat American’s perspective, David McKeegan, International Investment.
Show Me the Money: Where are all the FATCA Fat Cats? William Byrnes, IFC Review