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Reporting Requirements For Foreign Assets

The term “offshore accounts” is often used as shorthand to suggest that such account holders are trying to dodge tax responsibilities. Especially after the Panama Papers, many observers are quick to assume the worst when someone holds assets outside of the United States. In reality, many, if not most, taxpayers who hold foreign assets do so in good faith for a variety of legitimate reasons. However, depending on the type of property in question and the taxpayer’s overall situation, keeping the Internal Revenue Service adequately informed can prove challenging.
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Duly Noted

Court Says Relief For Wrongfully Incarcerated Prisoners Doesn’t Apply To Relatives. The son and former wife of a man who spent six years in prison for a murder he didn’t commit cannot benefit from tax relief that Congress granted wrongfully incarcerated individuals, a federal court in Ohio ruled.
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Addressing Diminished Capacity: Recognizing and Protecting Against Financial Exploitation

Losing the capacity to manage your financial affairs is a frightening prospect, and watching a loved one lose capacity can be just as daunting. It seems incredible that anyone would take advantage of such circumstances, but unfortunately it is all too common.
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Duly Noted

Court Permits Deduction For Executive MBA. Taxpayers can deduct the cost of education that maintains or improves skills required in their current professions, but not those that qualify them for a new trade or business. The Internal Revenue Service disallowed deductions claimed by Alex Kopaigora for the Executive MBA program at Brigham Young University. Kopaigora commuted on weekends to the Provo, Utah, campus from Los Angeles, where he was a hotel accounting manager before losing his job partway through the program. The IRS claimed Kopaigora’s unemployment meant he could not qualify for the deductions, but the Tax Court disagreed.
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