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Europe Begins Inquiry into 'Panama Papers' & 'Bahamian Papers' – How Long Before You Are Discovered?

We previously posted:

  1. Your Offshore Confidential Information Is Being Delivered Daily to Tax Authorities - New Leak of Bahamian Offshore Files! and
  2. Mossack Fonseca Affected Taxpayers with Potential Exposure Should Consult with Counsel To Consider Their Legal Options Now!

Now the European Parliament's Committee of Inquiry into Money Laundering, Tax Avoidance, and Tax Evasion has begun its hearings on the 'Panama Papers' affair, in which large numbers of client documents were stolen from the Panama law firm Mossack Fonseca and leaked to the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists and the press.

The inquiry committee will also examine the more recent leak of company registry entries from the Bahamas, including the alleged fact that former European Competition Commissioner Neelie Kroes failed to declare her former directorship of a Bahamian company.

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QTIP Election Can Be Ignored Where It Was Not Necessary to Reduce the Estate Tax to Zero

Revenue Procedure 2016-49 provides procedures to disregard and treat as null and void for transfer tax purposes a qualified terminable interest property (QTIP) election in situations where the QTIP election was not necessary to reduce the estate tax liability to zero. 

This guidance provides that such procedures are unavailable where QTIP elections are made in estates in which the executor elected portability of the deceased spousal unused exclusion (DSUE) amount under § 2010(c)(5)(A).  This guidance modifies and supersedes Rev. Proc. 2001-38, 2001-1 C.B. 1335. 

Advantageous 2017 Application Filing Deadline Extended: Complete and accurate certification applications filed before October 1, 2016 will have an effective date of certification of January 1, 2017, even if the date of the CPEO’s notice of certification is after January 1, 2017. The prior guidance had a September 1, 2016 deadline for this special transition rule.

CPA Working Capital Statements Can Be Provided in a Note: Treasury and IRS anticipate revising the requirements of the temporary regulations and Revenue Procedure 2016-33 to allow the audited financial statements covered by the CPA opinion to include a note to the financial statements that states that the financial statements reflect positive working capital. The note must still provide in detail a calculation of the working capital. In the case of a CPEO applicant that is a member of a controlled group of which other members are CPEO applicants or CPEOs, the note to the financial statements of the combined or consolidated annual audited financial statements for the controlled group must state that the individual financial statements of each CPEO applicant or CPEO that is a member of the controlled group reflect positive working capital (as defined by GAAP).

CPA Statements Re: Accrual Accounting Eliminated: Because GAAP requires the use of an accrual method of accounting and the required CPA opinion must state that a CPEO applicant’s or CPEO’s audited annual financial statements are presented fairly in accordance with GAAP, the separate requirement for a CPA opinion stating that such financial statements “reflect that the CPEO . . . computes its taxable income using an accrual method of accounting” is unnecessary. Treasury and IRS anticipate revising the Revenue Procedure 2016-33 to eliminate the requirement of a CPA statement re: accrual accounting.

Working Capital Transition Rule for Years Ending Before September 30, 2016: For fiscal years ending before September 30, 2016, a special transition rule is provided allowing the CPEO applicant to submit a separate statement, signed under penalties of perjury by a responsible individual of the CPEO applicant, that the financial statements reflect positive working capital for the fiscal year. That responsible individual statement could be provided in lieu of the CPA opinion or Note to the Financial Statement, described above. However, the statement by the responsible individual must also provide in detail a calculation of the CPEO applicant’s working capital. In the case of a CPEO applicant that is a member of a controlled group of which other members are also CPEO applicants or CPEOs, the CPEO applicant must submit its own separate statement by a responsible individual re: positive working capital, again setting forth in detail a calculation of the individual CPEO applicant’s working capital.

CPA Declaration Re: Authorization to Represent the CPEO Eliminated: The requirements in the proposed regulation and Revenue Procedure 2016-33 that the CPA file a written declaration with the IRS that he or she is authorized to represent the CPEO applicant or CPEO before the IRS will be eliminated.

Disregarded Entities May Apply for Certification: Treasury and the IRS anticipate that the final regulations under section 7705 will not prohibit a business entity that is disregarded as separate from its owner from becoming a CPEO. In addition, Treasury and the IRS anticipate revising the definition of Responsible Individual, to also include: (1) in the case of a disregarded entity owned by a corporation or partnership, the Responsible Individuals of that corporation or partnership (as defined by the regulations); and (2) in the case of a disregarded entity owned by an individual, the individual owner. Treasury and the IRS also anticipate providing in the final regulations that CPEO applicants and CPEOs that, but for their status as disregarded entities would separately be members of a controlled group, are treated as members of a controlled group.

Sole Proprietorships Can Apply for Certification: Treasury and IRS anticipate that the final regulations will expressly allow sole proprietorships to apply for certification as a CPEO.

Taxpayers Can Rely on Notice 2016-49: Treasury/IRS expressly confirm that the statements in Notice 2016-49 that the final regulations and future updated revenue procedures, when issued, will address the issues identified in Notice 2016-49 in the manner indicated in that Notice (as described above). Pending the issuance of final regulations and the updated revenue procedure, taxpayers may rely on the guidance contained in this notice.
 


Revenue Procedure 2016-49 will be published in IRB 2016-42 on October 17, 2016.
 

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Prior to joining Marini & Associates, P.A., he spent 32 years as the Senior Attorney with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Office of Deputy Commissioner, International.

While with the IRS, he examined approximately 2,000 Estate Tax Returns and litigated various international and tax issues associated with these returns.As a result of his experience, he has extensive knowledge of the issues associated with and the preparation of U.S. Estate Tax Returns for Resident and Non-Resident Aliens, Gift Tax Returns, Form 706QDT and Qualified Domestic Trusts.

 

 
 



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Pakistan Becomes the 104th Country to Signs OECD Convention on Mutual Administrative Assistance in Tax Matters

On August 29, 2016 we posted OECD Adds 5 More Countries To Its CbC Automatic Exchange Agreement where we discussed that n June 30, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) announced that 5 new countries have signed the Multilateral Competent Authority Agreement for the automatic exchange tax information.First automatic exchanges of information will start in 2017-2018 on 2016 information.
On September 14, 2016 Senator Mohammad Ishaq Dar, Minister of Finance of Pakistan, signed the Multilateral Convention on Mutual Administrative Assistance in Tax Matters thereby becoming the 104th jurisdiction to join the Convention.
First automatic exchanges of information will start in 2017-2018 on 2016 information.
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IRS To Outsource Debt Collections

The Internal Revenue Service announced today that it plans to begin private collection of certain overdue federal tax debts next spring and has selected four contractors to implement the new program.

The new program, authorized under a federal law enacted by Cong
ress last December, enables these designated contractors to collect, on the government’s behalf, outstanding inactive tax receivables. As a condition of receiving a contract, these agencies must respect taxpayer rights including, among other things, abiding by the consumer protection provisions of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act.

The IRS has selected the following contractors to carry out this program:

  1. CBE Group 1309 Technology Pkwy Cedar Falls, IA 50613
  2. Conserve 200 CrossKeys Office park Fairport, NY 14450
  3. Performant 333 N Canyons Pkwy Livermore, CA 94551
  4. Pioneer 325 Daniel Zenker Dr Horseheads, NY 14845

These private collection agencies will work on accounts where taxpayers owe money, but the IRS is no longer actively working their accounts. Several factors contribute to the IRS assigning these accounts to private collection agencies, including older, overdue tax accounts or lack of resources preventing the IRS from working the cases.

The IRS will give each taxpayer and their representative written notice that their account is being transferred to a private collection agency. The agency will then send a second, separate letter to the taxpayer and their representative confirming this transfer.

Private collection agencies will be able to identify themselves as contractors of the IRS collecting taxes. Employees of these collection agencies must follow the provisions of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act and must be courteous and respect taxpayer rights.

The IRS will do everything it can to help taxpayers avoid confusion and understand their rights and tax responsibilities, particularly in light of continual phone scams where callers impersonate IRS agents and request immediate payment.

Private collection agencies will not ask for payment on a prepaid debit card. Taxpayers will be informed about electronic payment options for taxpayers on IRS.gov/Pay Your Tax Bill. Payment by check should be payable to the U.S. Treasury and sent directly to IRS, not the private collection agency. 

For more information visit the Private Debt Collection page on IRS.gov.

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