Form 3520 Foreign Trust Reporting for Tax Counsel: Filing Requirements and Penalty Abatements for Delinquencies
Establishing Reasonable Cause Exceptions, Appeals Prior to Payment, Collection Due Process, and More
A live 90-minute premium CLE/CPE video webinar with interactive Q&A
This CLE/CPE course will provide tax counsel with a comprehensive and practical guide to a deep exploration into the reporting regime for U.S. taxpayers' ownership of foreign trust assets on IRS Form 3520, Annual Return To Report Transactions With Foreign Trusts and Receipt of Certain Foreign Gifts. The panel will detail the events and transactions that require reporting and discuss tax counsel's role in remedying an absent or incorrect filing, including navigating the penalty abatement process for failure to correctly and timely file a Form 3520.
- Determining owners and responsible parties
- Reportable events
- Gratuitous transfers
- Qualified obligations
- Distributions and calculations
- Gifts and bequests
- Other form items
- IRC Section 6677 penalties for failure to file and relief provisions
- Calculation of penalties
- Section 6048 special rules
- Reasonable cause exception
- Form 3520 reporting and schedule preparation
The panel will review these and other key issues:
- What "reportable events" trigger a Form 3520 filing requirement?
- What is the overlap between Form 3520 and other foreign information reporting requirements?
- What are the filing requirements for the U.S. beneficiary of a foreign non-grantor trust?
- What are the penalties and relief provisions for failing to file a Form 3520 or Form 3520-A?
- What are the processes for establishing a reasonable cause exception for penalty abatement?
- Are there statutory defenses to the 3520 and 3520-A Penalty Regime?
Anthony V. Diosdi
Diosdi Ching & Liu
Mr. Diosdi is an experienced trial lawyer who regularly defends individuals and corporations in matters involving tax... | Read More
Mr. Diosdi is an experienced trial lawyer who regularly defends individuals and corporations in matters involving tax controversies and government regulatory enforcement. He also has vast experience assisting clients who find themselves with unreported or undeclared bank accounts outside the U.S. Mr. Diosdi is acknowledged as one of the nation’s leading experts in contesting penalties associated with failing to file FBARs. In addition to representing clients in tax controversy matters, he advises clients on U.S. international tax matters, including tax planning with respect to their structures and transactions. In particular, Mr. Diosdi has experience advising on issues relating to tax treaties, pre-immigration planning for foreigners moving to the U.S., expatriation planning, tax planning for foreign companies doing business in the U.S., and subpart F income minimization. More recently, he has focused on helping clients navigate U.S. tax reform, including the regimes for Global Intangible Low-Taxed Income and Foreign-Derived Intangible Income, and the new limitations on foreign tax credits.Close
Alison N. Dougherty, CPA
Ms. Dougherty provides U.S. tax reporting, compliance, consulting, planning, and structuring solutions to U.S. and... | Read More
Ms. Dougherty provides U.S. tax reporting, compliance, consulting, planning, and structuring solutions to U.S. and foreign corporations, partnerships, LLCs, individuals, and trusts. She specializes in U.S. international tax reporting and compliance with the preparation and review of the U.S. federal Forms 5471, 926, 8992, 8993, 5472, 8865, 8858, 8621, 8804, 8805, Schedules K-2 and K-3, 1116, 1118, 1042, 1042-T, 1042-S, 8832, 8833, 2555, 3520, 3520-A, 5713, 1120-F, 1040-NR, 8288, 8288-A, 8288-B, 8233, 8840, 8843, 8854, 8938, and FBAR. Ms. Dougherty has extensive experience working with U.S. businesses and individuals with outbound activities in foreign countries. She has also worked with foreign companies and nonresident individuals with inbound activities in the United States. Ms. Dougherty has significant experience with U.S. nonresident withholding tax, foreign partnership withholding tax, and FIRPTA withholding tax. She has managed U.S. tax compliance and advisory client engagements for U.S. C corporations, S corporations, partnerships, LLCs, U.S. individuals, U.S. trusts, foreign corporations, foreign partnerships, foreign LLCs, nonresident individuals, and foreign trusts.
Ms. Dougherty is a CPA and a tax attorney with more than 15 years of combined experience in public accounting, the practice of law, and corporate industry. She was previously a tax partner in a large regional public accounting firm in the Washington, DC area. Ms. Dougherty has served clients in various industries including technology, U.S. government contracting, commercial services, telecommunications, real estate, investment partnerships, commodities, high net worth individuals, and family offices. She has also served as a technical resource to other CPAs, accountants, tax professionals, public accounting firms, attorneys, and law firms.
Steven L. Walker
Law Offices of Steven L. Walker
Mr. Walker's practice focuses on representing businesses and individuals facing tax controversies before the... | Read More
Mr. Walker's practice focuses on representing businesses and individuals facing tax controversies before the federal and state taxing agencies. He also handles estate planning, trust and probate administration. Mr. Walker is personable and knowledgeable and known for providing skilled advocacy and expertise.Close
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