$14 Million Civil Penalty Charged for Failure to Report Offshore Accounts

A U.S. permanent resident from South Korea pled guilty on October 26th to charges of failing to report offshore bank accounts to the IRS. Hyung Kwon Kim, a resident of Connecticut and citizen of South Korea, admitted to holding unreported Swiss bank accounts, which were concealed through a number of entities based in offshore tax havens. Mr. Kim also admitted to filing false tax returns from 1999 through 2010, in which he omitted the income generated from his offshore Swiss accounts. In addit...

IRS Updates FATCA Foreign Asset Reporting Form 8938

The Internal Revenue Service recently released an updated version of the IRS Form 8938 “Statement of Specified Foreign Financial Assets”.   Taxpayers with offshore accounts or assets with values above various thresholds are generally required to file a Form 8938 with their annual federal income tax return.  As a result of the recently implemented U.S. Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA), foreign financial institutions have begun reporting U.S. taxpayer account information to the IRS.  Thi...