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Washington - IRS Ramps Up Audits Of Taxpayers In Israel

Published on: April 27, 2012 10:05 AM
By:  Haaretz
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Washington - Americans filing their tax returns from Israel are being audited by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service with a frequency that industry professionals have never seen before, according to several certified public accountants.

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While some of the accountants who spoke with Haaretz are not convinced Americans living in Israel are being singled out for audits more than other Americans living abroad, some maintain that the IRS has given indications it will pay more attention to Israel, Hong Kong and Singapore.

All are cautioning filers to take note of a new “vigilance” among U.S. tax authorities less than two months before the June 15 filing deadline for taxpayers living outside the United States.

Full story at Haaretz 


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 Apr 27, 2012 at 10:25 AM anon1 Says:

A relative of mine and three of his colleagues all U.S. citizens who made Aliya, work in the U.S. for various yeshivas during the summer, and lecture in the U.S. a few times a year. They were all audited.

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 Apr 27, 2012 at 11:55 AM seagul47 Says:

this is called tax administration by press release--plant an article in the newspaper and everyone is scared.
very often people are claiming certain credits for number of children, etc. The IRS is entitled to ask for proof. If some people cheat figuring no one will know, then all suffer as the IRS will think all people in the same situation will cheat.
Also, as a tax practitioner, often there are projects--let's audit dentists this year, architects next year, ex-patriots in year three.
moral of the story--don't cheat and expect to get away with it.

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 Apr 27, 2012 at 12:00 PM Facts1 Says:

So are the majority of people in NY who claim the child and dependent care credit.

It's all about he war on religion and private schools.

Why is Greenfeld and Hikind mum about this racial profiling?

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 Apr 27, 2012 at 01:50 PM Brighton Beach Belz Says:

Israel is not being singled out with these audits. It is now being done to citizens living abroad all over the world.

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 Apr 27, 2012 at 01:32 PM Anonymous Says:

It is a religious war. Friend of mine has been audited. He sent what they want with official english translation. Told he wanted more which he did. Then said they wanted proof his 8 kids live with him. He ask what proof do you need; their answer was that is your problem. Remember the slogan of the IRS [read KGB] We got what it takes to take what you GOT.

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 Apr 27, 2012 at 03:01 PM 45128 Says:

Reply to #2  
seagul47 Says:

this is called tax administration by press release--plant an article in the newspaper and everyone is scared.
very often people are claiming certain credits for number of children, etc. The IRS is entitled to ask for proof. If some people cheat figuring no one will know, then all suffer as the IRS will think all people in the same situation will cheat.
Also, as a tax practitioner, often there are projects--let's audit dentists this year, architects next year, ex-patriots in year three.
moral of the story--don't cheat and expect to get away with it.

"Also, as a tax practitioner, often there are projects--let's audit dentists this year, architects next year, ex-patriots in year three."

One could expect a (self-declared) "tax practitioner" to be literate, but not in seagul47's case unfortunately.

Just because Americans no longer live in the United States it does not necessarily follow that they no longer have loyalty to their country.

They are not necessarily "ex-patriots", as Seagul47 has described them, but rather **expatriates**.

Moral of the story - seagul47 should not have played hooky from his yeshiva katana on the afternoon they taught English.

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 Apr 27, 2012 at 06:34 PM cpa Says:

Lots of Americans living abroad improperly take the very generous earned income credit. The law is crystal clear - you must be physically living in the 50 states to qualify for this credit. The IRS has found some instances of this fraud, so it opened up a whole can of worms.

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 Apr 29, 2012 at 07:42 AM Sarak Says:

sorry but anything targeting jews should concern people, stop disrespecting the 10 million jews lost during WWII by justifying actions that are anti Semitic, if you feel you are being singled out speak up

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 Apr 29, 2012 at 09:38 AM Eli Says:

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Sarak Says:

sorry but anything targeting jews should concern people, stop disrespecting the 10 million jews lost during WWII by justifying actions that are anti Semitic, if you feel you are being singled out speak up

SaraK: So now 10 million Jews were lost during the Holocaust? Are you ignorant or just lying? And contrary to the point you're trying to make, crying anti-Semitism at the drop of a hat (didn't you see in the article where it says Israel isn't the only country this applies to?) dishonors and cheapens the memory of the SIX million.

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