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Tax planning and foreign assets: Avoid hefty penalties

The United States government requires American taxpayers report foreign assets to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). A failure to meet this obligation can result in hefty monetary penalties and fines as well as potential imprisonment. The severity of these penalties can increase as time passes without compliance. As such, any taxpayers that have yet to come into compliance are wise to do so promptly.

When can a partnership opt out of the new audit rules?

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has attempted to simplify the process used to audit partnerships. As discussed in a previous post, the rules that govern partnership audits changed as of January 1, 2018. However, the IRS does not require all partnerships to follow these new rules.

Partnership audit rules in 2018: Four key changes

As of January 1, 2018, the rules that govern audits of partnerships have changed. In the past, the Tax Equity and Fiscal Responsibility Act (TEFRA) applied to these audits. The law required the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to allocate the audit adjustments within partnerships amongst the partners.

The importance of tax planning

Whether it is a financial transaction, an investment or real estate purchase, nearly every transaction is taxed. Tax planning involves mitigating risk and liabilities to find the most economically viable business solution. Tax law is highly specialized and failing to consider tax consequences is detrimental to business growth and development.

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