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Recently enacted legislation termed “CTA” may affect your tax planning.

The recently enacted legislation is part of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) enacted by Congress on January 1, 2021, through the override of a presidential veto. The NDAA is a series of federal laws primarily specifying the annual budget and expenditures of the United States Department of Defense. The NDAA for Fiscal Year 2021 includes the expansive Anti-Money Laundering Act of 2020 (AMLA). The AMLA bolsters existing anti-money laundering legislation through several amendments to the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA), which has been the primary statutory vehicle for financial institutions to assist the federal government in detecting and preventing money laundering since its passage in 1970. The amendme

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Some U.S. citizens and residents are relying on an interpretation of the U.S.-Malta Income Tax Treaty (Treaty) to take the position that they may contribute appreciated property tax-free to certain Maltese pension plans and that there are also no tax consequences when the plan sells the assets and d
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United States Senate on May 2019

Issue:  Eliminating anonymous shell corporations by collecting beneficial ownership information in order to preserve our national security and protect our people from harm.

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THE MERCHANT OF DEATH

A Russian arms dealer nicknamed the “The Merchant of Death,” who sold weapons to a terrorist organization intent on killing Americans. Executives from a supposed investment group that perpetrated a Ponzi scheme that defrauded more than 8,000 investors, most of them elderly, of over $1 billion. A complex nationwide criminal network that distributed oxycodone by flying young girls and other couriers carrying pills all over the United States. A New York company that wa

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Robert F. Smith

Background and Non-Prosecution Agreement

INTRODUCTION:

Mr. Smith in 2020, at the age of 57, entered into a Non-Prosecution Agreement, NPA, with the IRS.   Let’s look at what I believe happened to Mr. Smith to cause his personal and professional life to intersect with potential Criminal Prosecution with the United States Government.  Let’s also see what could have been done differently to head off such a horrible outcome to his reputation, his freedom, and a lifelong stain on his legacy.

Finally, let’s see if this is now the end of Mr. Smith’s criminal and civil problems with the successful negotiation of this NPA.

PART I.

Background

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How much did Colin Kaepernick actually receive from his “opting out” of the contract with the San Francisco Giants following the 2016 season and the recent  Collective Bargaining Agreement, (CBA), with the NFL.[1] 

In a recent interview between Kaepernick’s attorney, Mark Geragos and CNN’s Ana Cabrera, Geragos clarified that the disagreement was resolved through the CBA with a Confidentiality Agreement for a undisclosed amount with speculation between $20 Million and $100 Million. [2]  

However, no one is saying anything about what the final amount was agreed upon.  Lets put forth a few scenarios with the possibility that one could be close to the negotiating  amount.  

Here is what is known, the NFL possibly pa

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So, this year you are preparing your own tax return, no need for a CPAs, Enrolled Agent or Tax Attorney…great! But have you thought about “FBAR” and your 2018 tax return!!! You might ask, do I have to worry about this FBAR quagmire if I have never been outside of the United States? YES