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Thirty new UK taskforces to tackle tax evasion

You may or not be aware but as a result of the UK Government’s £917 million spending review, new initiatives have been launched to tackle tax evasion, avoidance and fraud from 2011/12.  The aim is to raise an additional £7 billion each year by 2014/15.Thirty new UK taskforces are being set up to crack down […]

IRS Foreign Assets Form 8938 Update

[UPDATE:  This blog post has been updated.  Current information can be found in this April 2012 entry.]

FATCA—The New International Approach?

Governments plan to step up information exchange to reduce tax evasion One might imagine that foreign financial institutions wouldn’t want to bother with the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) right now. After all, the Internal Revenue Service just published another 400 pages of FATCA regulations, and these are still nowhere near the final set […]

Protect Your UK Pension Lifetime Limit Before 5 April 2012

April 6 is not only the time to wish you “Happy New Year” as it is the beginning of the 2012/13 UK tax year, but it is also the date that the “lifetime allowance” in respect of contributions made to UK pension plans are substantially reduced. The lifetime allowance is the amount that you (or […]

Voluntary Disclosure – Five ways to get up to date with US tax returns

Non-compliant Americans overseas now have five simple choices available. US citizens, residents and green card holders are required to file annual US tax returns whether or not they live in the United States. US persons are also required to file Foreign Bank Account Reports (FBARs) disclosing non-US bank and financial accounts and new for this […]

Outstanding Tax Event Last Night at BAFTA

Last night, we gathered at the world famous Princess Anne Theatre at British Academy of Film and Television Arts for a seminar on tax in 2012, “The Life of An American Abroad”. The speakers were: Darlene Hart, CEO, US Tax and Financial Services Group LTD Gregory J. Dean, Esq., Tax Director for US Tax & […]

A Reasonable IRS? For Non-Resident Americans, Could This Be True?

As many people know from experience, systems of personal income tax vary enormously around the world – simple, complex, high rates, low rates, even some countries impose no income tax at all. However, almost all nations are unified on one point: residents are fully taxed by the country according to its tax code, but non-residents […]

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