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Tax Court Finds Use of Offshore Account Extends Assessment Period for Transaction

Tax Court Finds Use of Offshore Account Extends Assessment Period for Transaction

While the Internal Revenue Service determined that the president and chief executive officer of a company used an offshore leasing arrangement to conceal income after the limitations period had run, the U.S. Tax Court found he was still liable for deficiencies for several of the years at issue due to his fraudulent concealment of a related offshore bank account during those years (Browning v. Commissioner, T.C., No. 3531-08, T.C. Memo. 2011-261, 11/3/11).

According to the Tax Court, Perry W. Browning was the principal shareholder, president, and CEO of S B Electronics (SBE). It said that, during the 1995 through 2000 tax years, Browning received compensation for his services on behalf of SBE that were greater than what he reported as wages by the offshore employee leasing (OEL) company.

Judge James S. Halpern noted that the three- and six-year limitations periods for assessment had expired before the Internal Revenue Service issued Browning notices of deficiency. Because of this, Halpern said that the returns filed for the 1995 through 1997 tax years were not fraudulent and the related notices of deficiency were barred. However, because Browning concealed a Bahamas bank account and associated credit cards for the 1998 through 2000 tax years, Halpern said the fraud exception applies and upheld the associated notices of deficiency. Halpern also upheld the fraud penalties for those years

Read more at: Tax Times blog

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