By Appeasing the United Kingdom, Starbucks May Have Relocated Its Tax Problems Into The United States

By:  Dustin Covello As one of many U.S. multinationals that reportedly implemented the Double Irish international tax structure, Starbucks has reportedly paid a U.K. tax rate of 2.8 percent over the last decade.  Not satisfied with this levy, last month the British Parliament called Starbucks and other U.S. multinationals before the body to discuss the … Continue reading By Appeasing the United Kingdom, Starbucks May Have Relocated Its Tax Problems Into The United States

The New Duty to Report Foreign Financial Assets on Form 8938: Demystifying the Complex Rules and Severe Consequences of Noncompliance

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

Form 8938 – Foreign Reporting Trap for the Unwary

By Sebastien Chain and Tamara Woods Beginning with the 2011 tax year (i.e., for returns filed April 17, 2012 or later), individual taxpayers will be required to file Form 8938 if he or she has an interest in a “specified foreign financial asset” (“SFFA”) (click for additional information on FATCA requirements) that has a value exceeding a certain threshold.  … Continue reading Form 8938 – Foreign Reporting Trap for the Unwary

More Foreign Reporting for US Taxpayers? Absolutely says IRS

By Sebastien Chain and Tamara Woods The Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment Act of 2010 (“HIRE Act”) enacted the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (“FATCA”).  P.L. 111-47.  FATCA greatly increases disclosure requirements and penalties on taxpayers with foreign accounts and assets.  These reporting requirements will affect individuals beginning with the 2011 tax year, and are expected … Continue reading More Foreign Reporting for US Taxpayers? Absolutely says IRS