By Phil Karter In a high profile summons enforcement case brought by the Internal Revenue Service against Coinbase, Inc. (United States v. Coinbase Inc., No. 3:17-cv-01431 (N.D. Cal. 2017)), a virtual currency exchange for traders of popular digital cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, Ethereum and Litecoin, the Internal Revenue Service sought the production by Coinbase of all of its customer records … Continue reading Taxpayers With Unreported Cryptocurrency Gains Should Start Thinking About Filing Qualified Amended Returns – And Soon
By Phil Karter Is the IRS getting closer to ferreting out “quiet disclosures” by taxpayers who chose that route to address the problem of previously unreported offshore accounts rather than by participating in the Service's offshore voluntary disclosure program (OVDP)? That’s the conclusion of an increasing number of tax professionals and if taxpayers in this … Continue reading Are Quiet Disclosures of Offshore Accounts Becoming Even Riskier?
By Phil Karter Any corporate tax executive who has ever been involved in contesting an audit adjustment knows all too well how unfavorable documents relating to the subject of the adjustment – particularly improvident comments reflected in email correspondences – can be an ongoing impediment to resolving a tax dispute from the audit phase right … Continue reading Cleaning Up After The Elephants – A Practical Reminder On Document Preservation Policies and Litigation Holds In Tax Disputes
By Phil Karter With the looming increase in tax rates on investment income and capital gains in particular, a large number of stock market investors have been selling long-term positions to lock in the 2012 rate, which currently tops out at 15%. Come January 1,2013, gain on the same sale could be taxed at a … Continue reading Could The New Economic Substance Statute Apply To End-Of-Year Stock Sales And Repurchases?
Employment Tax: Yet Another Opportunity to Come Clean - Whether a worker is performing services as an employee or as an independent contractor depends on the facts and circumstances. This determination may be difficult for many companies and may lead to significant exposure. In order to facilitate voluntary resolution of potential worker classification issues and … Continue reading Employment Tax: Yet Another Opportunity to Come Clean –
By Hale Sheppard Concerned about the extent of international tax non-compliance, Congress enacted the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (“FATCA”). Among other provisions found in FATCA was Section 6038D, which requires certain individuals to annually report to the IRS data about their interests in foreign financial assets. Sounds simple enough, right? Well, this seemingly straightforward … Continue reading The New Duty to Report Foreign Financial Assets on Form 8938: Demystifying the Complex Rules and Severe Consequences of Noncompliance
By Phil Karter In a recent TaxBlawg post, my colleague Jonathan Prokup discussed the IRS’ intention to begin requesting electronic files as part of taxpayer examinations so that it can analyze the “metadata” contained in those files. One of the concerns raised in the post, as announced in Chief Counsel Advice 201146017, was the possibility that … Continue reading IRS Records Retention Requirements In The Age Of Metadata