Niles Elber Addresses Recent Updates in Audits and Tax Controversy at Florida Tax Institute
The IRS continues to prioritize examinations of high-wealth individuals and inbound and outbound investment and business transactions, as well as collection of outstanding tax liabilities of these taxpayers. The reviews are expected to include the individual tax return of the sophisticated taxpayer as well as related partnerships, foundations, trusts, retirement plans, and other business structures. The IRS also has reaffirmed its interest in cross-border activities with the announcement of new campaigns targeting Nonresident Aliens who receive rental income from U.S. real property; FIRPTA compliance in connection with the withholding of tax and reporting obligations on the disposition of U.S. real property interests; and the U.S. activities of financial service entities and whether foreign investors participating in “inbound” lending transactions were engaged in a U.S. trade or business and generated income effectively connected with a U.S.-situs lending trade or business. Examination of partnerships and other flow-through entities are in themselves a focus of a number of examinations. The panel will discuss current developments and their implications for high wealth foreign and domestic taxpayers.