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Tax Court Finds Offshore Account Owner Not Credible; Determines Income Tax Deficiency and Civil Fraud Penalty (8/1/21)

In Harrington v. Commissioner, T.C. Memo. 2021-95, GS here, the Court (Judge Lauber) determined deficiencies and the civil fraud penalty for a taxpayer who played the offshore account game (a pernicious variation of the audit lottery) and lost.  The taxpayer was a UBS depositor; UBS disclosed the taxpayer’s information and documents.  And the rest was, […]

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Second Circuit Continues the Strong Consensus Rejecting the Argument that FINCen Regulations Under Pre-2004 Law Limit the Maximum Willful Penalty Prescribed under the 2004 Statutory Amendment (7/14/21)

In United States v. Kahn, ___ F.3d ___, 2021 U.S. App. LEXIS 20622 (2d Cir. 7/13/21), here, the Court held, consistent with the trend of cases after two district court burps, that the FBAR willful penalty in 31 USC § 5321(a)(5), here, as amended in 2004 to increase the maximum amount of the penalty, is […]

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FBAR Civil Willful Penalty Sustained Against Long Time Accountant and Tax Preparer Who Claimed He Did Not Have Time to Read the Schedule B Instructions (6/4/21)

In United States v. Kronowitz (S.D. Fla. No. 19-cv-62648 Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law dated 6/3/21), CL here, the Court sustained the Government’s assertion of the FBAR civil willful penalty.  The facts were bad for Kronowitz in trying to avoid the penalty.  He was an accountant and regular tax return preparer over many […]

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Foreign Account Holder Claiming Ignorance of FBAR Obligation Loses on Willful Penalty Because of Reckless Disregard (5/17/21)

In United States v. Goldsmith,  (S.D. Cal. 3:20-cv-00087-BEN-KSC Order dated 5/25/21), CL here and TN here, the Court granted summary judgment to the Government in a FBAR civil willful penalty FBAR collection suit.  The Court held that on the facts presented on the motion for summary judgment, the Government was entitled to summary judgment on […]

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FBAR Civil Willful Penalty Collection Suit for $17+ Million with Damning Allegations (5/17/21)

Some FBAR willful penalty collection suits are relatively bare bones, asserting only the essentials.  In United States v. Gaynor, (M.D. Fla. Dkt.  2:21-cv-00382 Dkt # 1 Complaint 5/14/21), CL here, the Government goes beyond the essentials with a detailed recounting of damning facts (see pars. 13-92). The Complaint breaks down the damning facts in the […]

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Interesting Complaint in FBAR Collection Suit (5/14/21)

In an original willful FBAR collection complaint filed in United States v.Beyder (D. N.J. Dkt. 3:21-cv-10864 5/6/21 ), here, the following interesting allegations are made: 17. Larisa Beyder has refused to provide bank statements for the BSI ‘999 account.  18. Larisa Beyder’s father was indicted in 2010 and later pled guilty for a criminal offense […]

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Eleventh Circuit Joins the Consensus that Reckless Conduct Is Subject to the FBAR Civil Willful Penalty (4/24/21)

In United States v. Rum, 2021 U.S. App. LEXIS 12160 (11th Cir. 4/23/21), CA11 here; TN here, the Eleventh Circuit in a per curiam opinion affirmed the district court’s grant of summary judgment for the Government in an FBAR willful civil penalty collection suit.  I wrote on the district court’s grant of summary judgment previously.  […]

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CFC Grants Summary Judgment Based on Bank Account Record Ownership Even Though Others May Have Been Beneficial Owners (4/20/21)

In Landa v. United States, 2021 U.S. Claims LEXIS 635 (Fed. Cl. Apr. 19, 2021), here, the Court entered summary judgment for the Government on the FBAR civil willful penalty.  The facts are not good for the plaintiff, Leon Landa, hence the summary judgment.   The funds in issue came from his grandfather, who a citizen […]

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Another Failed Judicial Contest of the FBAR Willful Penalty (3/23/21)

In Kimble v. United States, ___ F.3d ___ (Fed. Cir. 3/22/21), TN here, in an appeal from an adverse holding in a refund suit, the Court sustained the willful FBAR civil penalty.  Unfortunately for Kimble, neither the facts nor the law was helpful. The Court almost summarily dispatched Kindle’s main arguments about the CFC’s holding […]

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Court Holds Taxpayer Liable for FBAR Civil Willful Penalty (2/10/21)

In United States v. Collins, 2021 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 23260 (W.D. Penn. 2/8/21), CL here and TN here, in an FBAR collection suit, the Court starts its Findings of Facts, Conclusion of Law & Order as follows (2d bold-face supplied by JAT) : Defendant’s willful failure to report his foreign accounts 1. Defendant Richard Collins (“Mr. […]