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June 2015

News Briefs


Check out some of my blog posts for the month of May! Please click on the links below to read more.


1. Failure to File Taxes? Expats can face a Customs Hold, Failure to File Penalty, and a Failure to Pay Penalty


If you are living in the United States it can be difficult to miss the numerous announcements and pronouncements of the impending April 15th tax deadline. And yet, every year thousands of US taxpayers will fail to file and pay taxes.


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2. Tax Problems Following a Divorce or Marital Problems? Innocent Spouse Relief May Be an Option 


Many married couples find it advantageous to file a joint tax return rather than filing separately. This comes as no surprise as the federal government has built a number of tax advantages for married couples filing jointly into the tax code. 


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3. U.S. Expatriates and International Workers: Beware of Exceptions to the Foreign Income Exclusion


U.S. citizen, resident aliens and others who are U.S. taxpayers face a unique mode of taxation in the United States. That is, U.S. taxpayers are taxed on their worldwide income regardless of where it was earned. Predictably and understandably, this method of taxation results in many expatriates worrying about whether they will face double taxation - paying taxes on their income to both the nation they are living in and to the IRS. While there are provisions in the U.S. Tax Code, and various tax treaties to address the issue of double-taxation, these provisions can be difficult to understand, create problems for laypersons in ascertaining whether he or she qualifies, and it can present difficulties in maintaining compliance in future tax years as circumstances and finances change. However, the foreign earned income exclusion can be an essential tool in ensuring that an expatriate taxpayer does not face double-taxation and pay more than his or her fair share.


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4. Have You Received a Deficiency Notice or Another Letter Regarding Tax Problems From the IRS? 


You filed your taxes like you were supposed to and you should be able to spend the rest of the year free from worries about taxes. But, then one day it appears. The envelope is fairly nondescript except for the name and address of the Internal Revenue Service emblazoned upon it. Maybe you tear it open immediately or maybe you wait until you are feeling a little braver, but in either case your mind starts racing and you can't quite shake the feeling that you'll soon be facing major tax problems.


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Dennis N. Brager, Esq.
Former IRS Senior Trial Attorney
Nationally Recognized California State Bar Certified Tax Specialist

Upcoming Speeches & Webinars

"Primer on International Forms"
August 11, 2015
9:05-9:55 a.m. PT
3:50-4:40 p.m. PT

State Bar Tax Section Meeting
"International Tax Audits"
November 6, 2015
3:30- 5:00 p.m. PT

   Brager Publications


FBAR is Not Going Away-- and the Filing Deadline is June 30

Association for Financial Professionals

June 2015


         In the News



"IRS Issues New Guidance on FBAR Penalties"

Accounting Today

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"Retire Abroad? Not So Fast


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"You've Never Seen IRS Penalties Like These"

CNN Money

April 2015

"5 Common Tax Blunders to Avoid"


March 2015




Previous Events

Dennis' webinar, "A Brief Guide to Getting (and Keeping) Your Clients with Foreign Connections out of Trouble, Including FBARs, OVDP, and Lesser Known Issues" is available on the Brager Tax Law Group Website:

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Dennis' webinar, "The IRS Collection Process: What You Need to Know to Advise Your Clients" is available on the Brager Tax Law Group Website: 

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Dennis' webinar, "Innocent Spouse Relief: Fact or Fiction?" is available on the Brager Tax Law Group Website:
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The Brager Tax Law Group is a tax litigation and tax controversy law firm, which represents clients with tax problems and tax disputes with the IRS, the California Franchise Tax Board (FTB), the State Board of Equalization (SBE) and the Employment Development Department (EDD). All of the firm's tax lawyers are former trial attorneys with the IRS. 

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