Bank of Israel wants to negotiate tax deal on U.S. citizens with Israeli accounts – Haaretz Daily Newspaper | Israel News

Bank of Israel wants to negotiate tax deal on U.S. citizens with Israeli accounts – Haaretz Daily Newspaper | Israel News.

The next domino to fall?


17 thoughts on “Bank of Israel wants to negotiate tax deal on U.S. citizens with Israeli accounts – Haaretz Daily Newspaper | Israel News

  1. Sorry for going off the thread – but watch about 4 minutes into this YouTube clip about high incarcernation rate in America’s prisons –

    The comment on the clip is prisoners have no voice, their rights have been taken away from them (ie: no political power) –

    NOW…..which group of people does that sound like…..ex-pats and taxes maybe?

  2. @John: “…which group of people does that sound like…..ex-pats and taxes maybe?”

    Even more so than expats, it sounds like immigrants to the US. US expats may have a vote that doesn’t count, but immigrants and green card holders literally have no vote at all, ignored or otherwise, in the US. And yet, are subject to full US taxation.

    Of course, you can always say “well then, don’t immigrate into the US if you don’t like it.” Indeed. That’s precisely what many potential immigrants are indeed doing, along with past immigrants to the US who are now quietly leaving for other countries where they will find a warmer welcome.

  3. The really unjust act is the fact that the U.S. doesn’t even tell the immigrant applicant about the leg irons that the IRS will have on him/her once that green card is given. My former pastor who accepted a call to a U.S. church, found this out. It was only my letter to him that informed him of how his Canadian accounts would be treated by the IRS and about the fact that the U.S. applies these rules to him even if he should move back to his country of origin.
    It is wrong for the U.S. to lay upon immigrants all of these obligations of citizenship when a person doesn’t formally ask for them through the naturalization process.
    Immigration is being used as an additional way of taxing the world.

  4. According to Accounting Today and Kady O’Malley of CBC News as of today Jim Flaherty is continuing to negotiate on FATCA with Tim Geithner as we speak.

  5. This is more rhetorical, but I’m wondering why AIPAC isn’t lobbying against FATCA and FBARS. They have so much clout on the hill, you’d think they’d be fighting tooth and nail to put some loopholes in the law for Israeli duals.

    Published 03:48 27.04.12
    Latest update 03:48 27.04.12

    “IRS ramps up audits of taxpayers in Israel
    Accountants warn financial reviews by U.S. authority here are at an all-time high.”
    By Mordechai I. Twersky

    ” Published 03:48 27.04.12
    Latest update 03:48 27.04.12

    IRS ramps up audits of taxpayers in Israel
    Accountants warn financial reviews by U.S. authority here are at an all-time high.
    By Mordechai I. Twersky

    Americans filing their tax returns from Israel are being audited by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service with a frequency that industry professionals have never seen before, according to several certified public accountants.

    While some of the accountants who spoke with Haaretz are not convinced Americans living in Israel are being singled out for audits more than other Americans living abroad, some maintain that the IRS has given indications it will pay more attention to Israel, Hong Kong and Singapore. “……..

  7. @Badger

    From the looks of it the people involved were really really stupid. Looks somewhat similar to a lot of that refund fraud stuff some Canadian were getting involved with. Why if you are US Citizens abroad would you do anything to play fast and loose.

  8. The credit was originally intended to relieve families’ tax burden, Shrensky says. Yet Deutsch posits that there seems to have been some “abuse” in the claiming of the credit. “The IRS may be realizing that people, for the most part, applied for citizenship for their children in order to possibly claim a child credit on their tax returns,” he says. “So with the increase in applications for citizenship, there has been an increase in the number of federal audits to make sure that children claimed on the tax returns are being done correctly.” Deutsch says the IRS is “primarily, though not exclusively,” focusing on the child credits.

    Another accountant, who asked not to be identified, said an “unscrupulous firm in Israel was preparing fraudulent tax returns to boost the refund amount,” though he did not name the firm in question. “The IRS got wind of this and has audited all of their clients, plus they have started to audit returns prepared by other Israeli firms or by the taxpayers themselves.”

  9. @Tim;
    Ironic if true that it was the uptick in registering kids as citizens (which right now seems to be more of a burden than a benefit) that caused the increase in audits.

    But I’m curious – if US citizenship is so very very hard to get rid of, and so easy to inherit, why would they need to falsely claim? If they were filing US returns anyway, it was because at least one adult parent would have been American. It would be interesting to hear more. Plus the note mentioning Singapore and Hong Kong getting more attention – if accurate.

  10. This should stir up Aipac! If any organization can shut down the IRS jihad offshore, this would be the one!

  11. An update on extraterritorial taxation – and the IRS, and a response from a Democrats Abroad committee (Israel?) from online article:
    “The tax man cometh
    Are US citizens in Israel at greater risk of being audited by the IRS?”
    By Jessica Steinberg May 6, 2012, 6:36 pm

    “According to Professor Stanley Grossman, a member of Democrats Abroad-UK and the Democratic National Committee, the increased incidence of IRS investigation into expatriate income tax could be the result of two tax bills, one old and one new……”
    (referring to FBARs and FATCA)

    “Applying that to everybody [living outside the US] is killing the mouse with a tractor, because the assumption is that all Americans living overseas are criminals, laundering money,” said Grossman, speaking from his office in London. “It has enormous consequences for American citizens living outside the country.”………………..

    “A solution afoot”

    “For now, the Democrats Abroad committee is speaking to the US Senate, concerned senators and the US Treasury, with the goal of incorporating FBAR into FATCA. They want to raise the reporting threshold, as well as change the definition of an offshore account to be an account that is both outside the US as well as outside the country in which the US citizen is residing.

    “The intention of Congress with FATCA was going after Americans with offshore accounts, who may have been trying to hide some money,” said Grossman. “We want to find a solution to this, and the good news is that we have congresspeople and others who recognize the problem. Democrats Abroad think it’s terrible to launder money or hide taxes, but the intent was never to go after ordinary American citizens living abroad.”

    Stein has also been active in efforts to work with the IRS, and is planning to speak with the head of IRS foreign compliance, whom he met at a conference.

    “She said, ‘You don’t like our one-shot-fits-all approach?’” he said. “I told her I want to tell her what I’m seeing in the field, speaking on behalf of honest people who want to follow the law but don’t want their filing of tax returns to be an opportunity for abuse.”

  12. @badger… Another good find, and makes for a good tweet…

    F-what? Applying it to all #Americansabroad is killing the mouse with a tractor #FBAR #FATCA @AIPAC @TimesofIsrael

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