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Monthly Archives: July 2012

IRS Targets Israeli Banks and Their US Client

On June 14, the Department of Justice unsealed an indictment against three American tax preparers for helping clients avoid taxes by moving money to Israel.
The transgressions detailed in the indictment were relatively small. The indictment said the father and son David and Nadav Kalai and their colleague David Almog at a firm called United Revenue Service helped several clients duck taxes by moving money to two Israeli banks, identified only as “Bank A” and “Bank B.”

The indictment revealed the existence of a grand jury that is almost surely going after much bigger fish. And the details provided in it appear to suggest that “Bank A” is Bank Leumi, whose private banking operation is headquartered in Tel Aviv, and“Bank B” is Bank Hapoalim, which also maintains its global private banking center in Israel’s second-biggest city.”

Because tax evasion is a felony in Israel and because the US has a treaty with Israel; this offense is an extraditable offense in Israel. Now will Israel refuse to hand over a dual citizen? The state of Israel was certainly not created to protect Jews from crimes of international tax evasion. More importantly, the US is Israel’s only real ally in the world. So do not be surprized if Israel hands over those dual citizens that the Department of Justice (DOJ) suspects of tax evasion.

If you have an undisclosed account in Israel, contact the Tax Lawyers at Marini & Associates, P.A. for a FREE Tax Consultation at www.TaxAid.us or www.TaxLaw.ms or Toll Free at 888-8TaxAid (888 882-9243).

Remember, the FBAR Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Process (OVDI)program is most likely available — Even if your bank, even if your personal banker is under investigation, the program is still available as long as YOU are not personally under audit or investigation by the IRS.

Read more at: Tax Times blog

Getting ITIN becomes even more difficult for now.

IR-2012-62, June 22, 2012

WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service announced on June 22, 2012, important interim changes to strengthen its procedures for issuing Individual Taxpayer Identification Numbers (ITINs) from now through the end of the year.
Designed specifically for tax-administration purposes, ITINs are only issued to people who are not eligible to obtain a Social Security Number. Foreign nationals and non-resident aliens are among those who must obtain ITINs.
· During this interim period, the IRS will only issue ITINs when applications include original documentation, such as passports and birth certificates, or certified copies of these documents from the issuing agency.
· During this interim period, ITINs will not be issued based on applications supported by notarized copies of documents.
· In addition, ITINs will not be issued based on applications submitted through certifying acceptance agents, unless they attach original documentation or copies of original documents certified by the issuing agency.
The changes, which are effective immediately. Final rules will be issued before the start of the 2013 filing season.
Some categories of applicants are not impacted by these interim changes, including spouses and dependents of U.S. military personnel who need ITINs. People who should follow the current procedures outlined in the Form W-7 instructions include:
  • Military spouses and dependents without an SSN who need an ITIN (Military spouses use box e on Form W-7 and dependents use box d). Exceptions to the new interim document standards will be made for military family members satisfying the documentation requirements by providing a copy of the spouse or parent’s U.S. military identification, or applying from an overseas APO/FPO address.
  • Nonresident aliens applying for ITINs for the purpose of claiming tax treaty benefits (use boxes a and h on Form W-7).
  • Non-resident alien applicants generally need ITINs for reasons besides filing a U.S. tax return. This is necessary for nonresident aliens who may be subject to third-party withholding for various income, such as certain gaming winnings or pension income, or need an ITIN for information reporting purposes. While existing documentation standards will be maintained only for these applicants, scrutiny of the documents will be heightened.
The IRS may require some taxpayers who have already filed applications to furnish additional documentation directly to the IRS. No additional action is required for people who have already filed ITIN requests unless they are contacted by the IRS.

Read more at: Tax Times blog