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The United States knows where offshore tax evaders live and bank!

25 February 2014   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Author: Ronald Marini
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Author: Ronald Marini

The United States is tracking down hidden offshore accounts, and the latest news is areport that shows which states have the most taxpayers disclosing such accounts (California is No. 1), and where they are located (Switzerland is tops).

Taxpayers in at least 45 states and the District of Columbia reported accounts in 68 countries and territories.

The new U.S. Government Accountability Office report: "IRS’s Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program (OVDP): 2009 Participation by State and Location of Foreign Bank Accounts,” is a supplement to its March 2013 report, "Offshore Tax Evasion: IRS Has Collected Billions of Dollars, but May be Missing Continued Evasion.”

In the new report, the GAO looked at 10,500 tax returns for 2008 filed by 2009 disclosure participants, and the 12,889 accompanying FBAR forms. Some taxpayers disclosed dozens of offshore accounts with multiple banks and in multiple countries; some disclosed just one account in one country.

Please click here to access Table 1: 2009 Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program Participants by State 2008 tax return mailing address.

Please click here to access Locations of Foreign Bank Accounts Reported on Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts (FBAR) Forms by 2009 Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program Participants Country or territory.

The 58 other countries and territories included had 1% or less of the total number of foreign bank accounts reported. Offshore tax evasion continues to be a hot issue in Washington. The IRS included "hiding income offshore” on its dirty dozen list of tax scams for 2014, touting the voluntary disclosure program and warning: "It is in the best long-term interest of taxpayers to come forward, catch up on their filing requirements and pay their fair share.” The Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations will hold a hearing on February 26, "Offshore Tax Evasion: The Effort to Collect Unpaid Taxes on Billions in Hidden Offshore Accounts.”

At the same time, the National Taxpayer Advocate, Nina Olson, in her January annual report to Congress, points out the impact of the disclosure programs on taxpayers who make honest mistakes as one of the most serious problems encountered by taxpayers.

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Section 240A of the Tax Administration Act, 2011 (as amended) requires that all tax practitioners register with a recognized controlling body before 1 July 2013. It is a criminal offense to not register with both a recognized controlling body and SARS.


The Act requires that a minimum academic and practical requirments be set to register with a controlling body. Click here for the minimum requirements of SAIT.

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