Fighting IRS Form 3520 Penalties- Your Best Defense is Your Offense

Fighting IRS Form 3520 Penalties- Your Best Defense is Your Offense

Tax Law
By Anthony Diosdi IntroductionUnder Internal Revenue Code Section 6677(a), if any United States Person beneficiary receives (directly or indirectly) a distribution from a foreign trust, that person is required to make a return with respect to such a trust using Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) Form 3520, and show thereon the name of the trust, the amount of the aggregate distribution received, and any other data the IRS may require. A foreign gift, bequest, or inheritance that exceeds $100,000 must also be disclosed on a Form 3520. The IRS may assess an annual penalty equal to 35 percent of the gross value of the trust or 35 percent of the gross value of the property transferred from the trust if a Form 3520 is not timely filed. The IRS may also…
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Demystifying IRS Form 3520

Demystifying IRS Form 3520

Tax Law
By Anthony Diosdi Introduction United States persons with foreign assets are subject to an ever expanding universe of reporting requirements. A prime example of this can be found in Internal Revenue Code Section 667(a). This Internal Revenue Code Section provides that if a United States person beneficiary receives (directly or indirectly) a distribution from a foreign trust, that person is required to make a return with respect to such a trust using Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) Form 3520, and show thereon the name of the trust, the amount of the aggregate distribution received, and any other data the IRS may require. A foreign gift, bequest, or inheritance that exceeds $100,000 from a nonresident must also be disclosed on a Form 3520.  This article will take a deep dive into Form…
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