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  • Writer's pictureDaniel Gray CPA

Argue this to push back IRS on FBAR $10,000 penalty of delinquency

Could the below article by David E. Sites of Grant Thornton LLP create room to argue to IRS:

1) why other similar accounts cannot be assessed the $10,000 FBAR penalty?

2) For IRS to not lump together every type of financial account into one single broad category with implication of Canadian TFSA accounts not being classified as foreign trusts and exempt from 3520 filing? TFSAs do not have a business purpose versus characteristics of the Delaware Statutory Trust as an entity separate from its owners IRS identifies in Rev. Rul. 2004-86 - Max Reed LLB, BCL, Esq. makes that argument.

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals held on July 26 that a taxpayer was not required to report certain online gambling accounts to the IRS because the accounts were established "merely for the purpose of facilitating poker playing."

In U.S. v. Hom, No. 14-16214 (9th Cir. 2016), the taxpayer, John C. Hom, failed to file Treasury Form TD F 90-22.1 (now known as Treasury Form 114), a Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts Report (FBAR), for three accounts in 2006 and one account in 2007 related to PokerStars and PartyPoker.

The IRS assessed a $40,000 penalty and brought suit to collect in district court and won. Hom appealed to the Ninth Circuit, which concluded that the online poker sites did not function in the way a bank is commonly understood to function. Hom was required, however, to report intermediary bank accounts used to transfer funds to and from the gambling accounts.

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