In March, 2010, FATCA , or The Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act, was enacted by Congress to remedy a perceived growing problem with foreign banks facilitating and encouraging U.S. taxpayers to conceal assets in their financial institutions. Seventy-nine countries have since signed FATCA agreements with the IRS, which require the financial firms within each of the participating countries to report account data for accounts owned by U.S. taxpayers or face severe penalties.
Also, the IRS is now automatically exchanging digital financial account information with tax authorities in other countries.
Yesterday, November 6, 2013, the IRS expanded nationwide, its streamlined Fast Track Settlement program (FTS), which aims to help small businesses and self-employed individuals under audit settle their differences with the IRS over their tax debts more quickly. The Fast Track Settlement program is designed to help small businesses and self-employed individuals who are under examination by the IRS.
The FTS program uses alternative dispute resolution techniques to help taxpayers save time and avoid a formal administrative appeal or lengthy litigation. As a result, your New York Tax Lawyer can resolve audit issues within 60 days, rather than months or years that it otherwise may take. Taxpayers nonetheless retain all of their rights to appeal even if they take advantage of the FTS program and they are not pleased with the outcome.