Corpus Christi Foreign Inheritance Lawyer | International Tax Attorney Texas

Retaining a Corpus Christi foreign inheritance lawyer to deal with the IRS is very likely to be necessary if you reside in Corpus Christi, Texas and have received an inheritance from a non-resident alien (i.e. foreign inheritance).  Sherayzen Law Office, Ltd. is a leader in US international tax compliance concerning foreign inheritance, including offshore voluntary disclosures concerning late disclosure of a foreign inheritance, and may be your Corpus Christi foreign inheritance lawyer.

Corpus Christi Foreign Inheritance Lawyer: Why Foreign Inheritance is Important to Your US international Tax Compliance

Receiving a foreign inheritance requires proper US international tax compliance in five areas: disclosure of foreign inheritance to the IRS, information reporting requirements that are linked to foreign inheritance, classification and recognition of income linked to foreign inheritance (including special requirements concerning inheritance of foreign real estate), inheritance of US-situs property and transfers of cash/assets to the United States.

Each of these areas of foreign inheritance has its own complications, traps and important reporting reporting requirements. These reporting requirements may have important tax implications with potentially high noncompliance IRS penalties.

This is precisely why it is highly recommended to consult a tax lawyer if you received or about to receive foreign inheritance. However, not every tax attorney would be the right fit for your foreign inheritance case.  In order to be properly classified as a Corpus Christi foreign inheritance lawyer, the lawyer must be an international tax attorney with extensive experience in various US international tax reporting requirements related to foreign inheritance.

Corpus Christi Foreign Inheritance Lawyer: International Tax Attorney

A foreign inheritance lawyer is first and foremost an international tax attorney – i.e. a lawyer with profound knowledge of and extensive experience in US international tax law, particularly in the area of US international tax compliance. This means that a lawyer must be familiar with such common US international tax forms as: Form 3520 (critically important for foreign inheritance reporting) and Form 8938.  He must also understand related US international tax compliance forms such as Forms 3520-A547188658858, et cetera.  Of course, every US international tax lawyer must be very familiar with FinCEN Form 114 commonly known as FBAR.

In addition to information returns, an international tax lawyer must be familiar with all types of foreign income reporting.  This requirement includes the knowledge of such distinct areas of international income tax reporting sub-areas as foreign rental income, PFIC complianceGILTI income, capital gains concerning foreign real estate, et cetera.

Sherayzen Law Office is a highly-experienced and highly-knowledgeable international tax law firm with respect to all of the aforementioned income tax and information return requirements, including all of the aforementioned forms.

Corpus Christi Foreign Inheritance Lawyer: Tax Planning

In cases where it is possible, it is highly prudent to engage in tax planning concerning a foreign inheritance. This is important not only for the purpose of limiting future tax burdens, but also to control future US tax compliance costs.  Hence, when you look for a foreign inheritance attorney, you should retain a law firm which has experience with foreign inheritance US tax planning.

Sherayzen Law Office has an extensive experience in foreign inheritance US tax planning for its clients in Corpus Christi and all over the world.  We also have a highly valuable experience of combining income tax planning with offshore voluntary disclosures.

Corpus Christi Foreign Inheritance Lawyer: Offshore Voluntary Disclosures

When retaining a Corpus Christi Foreign Inheritance Lawyer, consider the fact that such an attorney’s work may not limited only to the current or future US international tax compliance. In my experience, a discussion of a foreign inheritance often involves identification and remedying of past US international tax noncompliance. In other words, foreign inheritance issues often lead to engaging in an IRS offshore voluntary disclosure option.

This means that your international tax lawyer should be very familiar with all offshore voluntary disclosure options.

Offshore Voluntary Disclosures is a core area of the our international tax practice at Sherayzen Law Office. We have helped hundreds of US taxpayers worldwide, including in Corpus Christi, to bring their tax affairs into full compliance with US tax laws. This work included the preparation and filing of all kinds of offshore voluntary disclosures including: SDOP (Streamlined Domestic Offshore Procedures)SFOP (Streamlined Foreign Offshore Procedures)DFSP (Delinquent FBAR Submission Procedures), DIIRSP (Delinquent International Information Return Submission Procedures), et cetera.

Corpus Christi Foreign Inheritance Lawyer: Out-Of-State International Tax Lawyer

Whenever you are looking for an attorney who specializes in US international tax law (which is a federal area of law, not a state one), you do not need to limit yourself to lawyers who reside in Corpus Christi, Texas. On the contrary, consider international tax attorneys who reside in other states and help Corpus Christi residents with their FBAR compliance.

Sherayzen Law Office is based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, but we have a large number of clients in Texas, including the Corpus Christi area. Hence, Corpus Christi residents can contact us and retain us to resolve their foreign inheritance issues related to US international tax compliance.

Contact Sherayzen Law Office for Professional Foreign Inheritance Tax Help

Sherayzen Law Office is an international tax law firm that specializes in US international tax compliance, including foreign inheritance reporting.  We have helped numerous clients in Texas with their foreign inheritance. We can help you!

Hence, if you are looking for a Corpus Christi Foreign Inheritance Lawyer, contact Mr. Sherayzen now to schedule Your Confidential Consultation!

Ordinary Business Care and Prudence Standard | International Tax Lawyer

Ordinary Business Care and Prudence Standard is a requirement that is present, explicitly or implicitly, in all reasonable cause defenses. In this article, I would like to explain what Ordinary Business Care and Prudence Standard means and what are the main factors for analyzing whether a taxpayer met the burden of proof required under the Ordinary Business Care and Prudence Standard.

Ordinary Business Care and Prudence Standard: General Requirements

The ordinary business care and prudence standard is an objective standard. There is no precise definition of this standard, because its application is fact-dependent. Nevertheless, the standard is generally satisfied as long as the taxpayer acted prudently, reasonably and in good faith (taking that degree of care that a reasonably prudent person would exercise) and still could not comply with the relevant tax requirement. IRM (02-22-2008) adds that “ordinary business care and prudence includes making provisions for business obligations to be met when reasonably foreseeable events occur”.

Ordinary Business Care and Prudence Standard: Common Factors

While the determination under the ordinary business care and prudence standard is highly fact-dependent, there are certain common factors that the IRS will take into account. IRM (02-22-2008) specifically lists four factors that must be reviewed by the IRS, but states that all available information should be considered. Let’s explore these common factors:

1. Compliance History

The main issue here is to see if this is the first failure to comply with US tax laws by the taxpayer or whether he already violated in the past the tax law provision in question IRM (02-22-2008) states that “the same penalty, previously assessed or abated, may indicate that the taxpayer is not exercising ordinary business care”. The IRM urges the IRS agents to check at least three preceding tax years for payment patterns and the taxpayer’s overall compliance history.

If the violation was the first time a taxpayer exhibited noncompliant behavior, this will be a positive factor that will be considered with other reasons the taxpayer provided for reasonable cause. While a first-time noncompliance does not by itself establish reasonable cause, taxpayers who violated the same provision more than once will find it more difficult to establish that their behavior satisfied the ordinary business care and prudence standard.

2. Length of Time

At issue here is the time between the event cited as the reason for the initial tax noncompliance and subsequent compliance actions. IRM (02-22-2008) requires the IRS agents to consider: “(1) when the act was required by law, (2) the period of time during which the taxpayer was unable to comply with the law due to circumstances beyond the taxpayer’s control, and (3) when the taxpayer complied with the law.”

Obviously, if the taxpayer did not discover his noncompliance until one year later and immediately tried to remedy the situation, it will add significant force to his argument that his behavior satisfied the ordinary business care and prudence standard. On the other hand, an unexplained delay between the time the taxpayer discovered his noncompliance and the time he attempted to remedy it will have a negative impact on the overall taxpayer’s argument.

Another highly important factor that plays a crucial role in offshore voluntary disclosures is whether, after discovering his prior noncompliance, the taxpayer voluntarily complied prior to being contacted by the IRS. In a voluntary disclosure context, if the IRS initiates an examination and contacts the taxpayer first, his voluntary disclosure options may be entirely foreclosed. On the other hand, the fact that a taxpayer voluntarily contacted the IRS with his amended tax return that corrected his prior tax noncompliance may play a highly positive role in convincing the IRS that the taxpayer’s prior behavior was consistent with the ordinary business care and prudence standard.

Hence, it is highly important for the taxpayer to explain what happened during the time between his prior noncompliance and his current effort to remedy the situation.

3. Circumstances Beyond the Taxpayer’s Control

The crucial issue here is whether the taxpayer could have anticipated the event that caused the noncompliance. If he could have done it, then his case might be materially weakened. On the other hand, if the taxpayer could not have anticipated the event, then, it might play a very important role in convincing the IRS that his behavior satisfied the ordinary business care and prudence standard.

A lot of sub-factors play a very important role here: the taxpayer’s education, his tax advisors, whether he has been previously subjected to the tax at issue, whether he has filed the tax forms in question before, whether there were any changes to the tax forms or tax law (which the taxpayer could not reasonably be expected to know), and so on. The level of complexity of the issue in question is also an important additional sub-factor.

The “circumstances beyond control” factor is necessarily tied to the “length of time” factor described above, because a taxpayer’s obligation to meet the tax law requirements is ongoing. Ordinary business care and prudence standard generally requires that the taxpayer continue to meet the requirements, even if is he late.

4. Taxpayer’s Reason for Prior Noncompliance

The taxpayer must provide and the IRS agent must consider an actual reason for the prior tax noncompliance whatever it may be and this reason must address the specific penalty imposed. It is the combination of this taxpayer’s reason together with other factors, including the common factors described above, that will form the basis for the taxpayer’s argument that his behavior satisfied the ordinary business care and prudence standard.

Contact Sherayzen Law Office to Contest IRS Penalties based on Reasonable Cause and Ordinary Business Care and Prudence Standard

Since 2005, Sherayzen Law Office has saved its clients millions of dollars in potential IRS penalties. If you wish to challenge the imposition of IRS penalties on your prior US domestic and/or international tax noncompliance, contact Sherayzen Law Office for professional help. We will thoroughly review the facts of your case, determine the available defense strategies to reduce or eliminate IRS penalties (including the determination of whether your case satisfied the ordinary business care and prudence standard), implement these strategies and defend your case against the IRS.

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