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  • OVDP Willful or Streamlined Non-Willful: IRS Offshore Disclosure Basics

    In determining whether you should enter the traditional Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program (OVDP) or the newly implemented IRS Streamlined Filing Compliance Procedures, one of the most important determinations to make is whether you believe your actions were willful or non-willful. the first step in determining which IRS Offshore Tax Amnesty Program you should pursue.

  • Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program (OVDP) - Understanding the Basics

    The IRS Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program (OVDP) is a U.S. Government program designed to bring non-compliant individuals, businesses, and trusts that have not properly disclosed foreign and offshore accounts, investments, income, assets, real estate, pension and life insurance policies (amongst others) safely into compliance. The Streamlined Filing Compliance Procedures are offshoots of traditional OVDP and have limited reporting requirements, as well as reduced penalties.

  • U.S. District Court Upholds Multiple Willful FBAR Penalties Against Taxpayer
      by Brown, PC

    In a case that has raised eyebrows in the tax community, a jury in the Southern District of Florida has sustained the IRS's assessment of multiple willful FBAR penalties against an American business man and bank director.

  • IRS Assesses Another 150% Civil FBAR Penalty
      by Brown, PC

    The IRS has asserted multiple maximum civil FBAR penalties against Ashvin Desai, who failed to disclose the existence of offshore accounts or report interest income from the accounts on his tax returns. Desai, a sixty-four year old born in Mumbai, India, was sentenced last week to six months of imprisonment in his criminal trial.

  • Offshore Web Hosting for an Online Business

    Privacy, security, and freedom of speech and expression are reasons many businesses give for choosing offshore website hosting. The physical location of the actual servers that the web hosting company uses to run a website determines the laws under which the website operates. So a website that is hosted by a company with servers in Iceland must comply with the laws of Iceland. There are both excellent and questionable offshore website hosting companies in countries around the world.

  • Minimize Product Liability Risk with a Well-Written Contract

    If your company is importing products made overseas, what is your liability for a safety or quality issue that causes harm? A well-written contract with the manufacturer can define and quantify risk.

  • The Real Risks Offshore Workers Face on a Daily Basis

    Offshore workers face numerous risks on a daily basis. When these risks lead to on-the-job injuries, the physical, financial and emotional consequences can be devastating for injured workers and their families.

  • How Does U.S. Law View Offshore Bank Accounts?
      by HG.org

    Perhaps you are one of the fortunate few who has achieved a level of wealth where you are legitimately concerned that the ebb and flow of the U.S. economy could have a dramatic effect on your personal finances. Or, perhaps, you have heard that there are ways to avoid certain taxes if you keep your money offshore.

  • IRS Changing Terms for Offshore Account Holders
      by Brown, PC

    U.S. taxpayers hiding assets abroad should take note of the Internal Revenue Service’s plan to sharply increase penalties for such acts, while those who unintentionally fail to disclose offshore accounts will experience much more leniency.

  • Offshore Tax Havens and Bank Accounts- Are They Legal?

    Following Mitt Romney's run for election and the more recent fall of Cyprus, tax havens have become increasingly scrutinized by the public eye. But are they always illegal?


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