In the 2017 Statistics of Income Bulletin, the IRS reported that foreign recipients of U.S. source income from treaty countries had an average withholding rate of 13.9% compared to 25.6% for payments made to residents of non-treaty countries. Absent certain exceptions and/or exemptions, a foreign person, including a foreign entity, is generally subject to tax at a flat 30% rate on U.S.» Read More
Several tax bills passed by Congress late in 2015 changed the deadlines for filing federal income tax returns for partnerships and most limited liability companies, which are treated as partnerships for tax purposes. Other required filings might be affected as well.
The new rules generally take effect for tax years beginning after December 31, 2015, so that, for calendar year filers, the new deadline applies to 2016 tax returns, which are due in early 2017.» Read More
On October 9 and October 10, the Internal Revenue Service issued new guidance and questions and answers for taxpayers regarding the Streamlined Filing Compliance Procedures announced this summer. For a detailed explanation and link to this guidance please click here.
Taxpayers previously considering the Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program should also consider whether they may be eligible for this Streamlined Program.» Read More
On June 3 at the OECD International Tax Conference, the IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said the IRS expects to make modifications to its offshore voluntary disclosure program shortly that will likely lessen the penalties for those with unreported offshore accounts whose compliance failures have been non-willful.
It has been more than two years since the IRS launched the third official offshore voluntary disclosure program (“2012 OVDP”.) In its current form, 2012 OVDP has no set closing date. It is meant to bring U.S. taxpayers into compliance by offering them a fitted approach to filing informational returns and amending their tax returns for unreported offshore income without criminal proceedings.» Read More