Navigating the IRS Penalty Abatement Procedures for Foreign Information Reporting Noncompliance
Requesting Penalty Abatements for Failure to File Forms 5471, 5472, FATCA, and FBAR
Recording of a 90-minute premium CLE/CPE video webinar with Q&A
This CLE/CPE course will provide tax attorneys and accountants with a detailed discussion of best practices for requesting relief of IRS penalties as a result of failing to time file required international information forms such as Forms 5471, 5472, 3520, 3520-8858, 8865, 926, and the FBAR. The panel will discuss the current trends in seeking relief from the imposition of such penalties by the IRS and will provide guidance on drafting abatement requests.
- Summary of most common international tax reporting Forms
- Penalty structure
- What types of behavior result in determinations of willfulness?
- IRS penalty avoidance programs, including the Criminal Investigation division voluntary disclosure program
- Reasonable cause abatement standards
- IRS penalty abatement request process
- Best practices in drafting penalty abatement requests
- What happens when penalty relief fails?
The panel will review these and other key issues:
- What foreign reporting forms are subject to penalties, and how are the penalties calculated, including current litigation on this issue?
- What are the penalty structures for non-willful and willful failure to file? What standards are used by the IRS and the courts?
- What are the standards for "reasonable cause" relief?
- How can the IRS' streamlined procedures be used to mitigate various penalties?
Dennis N. Brager, Esq.
Certified Tax Specialist
Brager Tax Law Group
Mr. Brager is a nationally known tax litigation attorney, representing clients in criminal and civil tax litigation and... | Read More
Mr. Brager is a nationally known tax litigation attorney, representing clients in criminal and civil tax litigation and tax controversy matters. Before founding the Brager Tax Law Group, a Los Angeles-based tax litigation and tax controversy law firm, he was a senior trial attorney for the Internal Revenue Service’s Office of Chief Counsel. Since 2008 he has represented several hundred clients with offshore accounts. He also represents clients on a variety of issues, including criminal and civil tax fraud, tax audit and appeals, payroll and sales tax problems, tax preparer penalties, innocent spouse defenses, offers in compromise, installment payment agreements, Office of Professional Responsibility (“OPR”) defenses and more.Close
Brager Tax Law
Mr. Glaser has over 30 years of tax experience with the IRS. He spent the first twenty years as a Senior Trial Attorney... | Read More
Mr. Glaser has over 30 years of tax experience with the IRS. He spent the first twenty years as a Senior Trial Attorney for the Service’s Office of Chief Counsel’s Small Business and Self-Employed (SBSE) Division. For the next 10 years, he served as the Laguna Niguel Associate Area Counsel for the IRS Office of Chief Counsel’s Large Business and International (LB&I) Division. He also worked a 6-month stint as a Special Assistant United States Attorney for the Office of the United States Attorney, Central District of California, Tax Division in Los Angeles. As a Senior Trial Attorney for the IRS Office of Chief Counsel’s Small Business and Self-Employed Division, Mr. Glaser was responsible for providing legal advice to the IRS on tax audits and collection matters. He also assisted in implementing the IRS’s Offshore Compliance Initiative and the Offshore Credit Card Program. He served as one of the initial eleven nationwide IRS Office of Chief Counsel FBAR CoordinatorsClose