Since micro-captive insurance companies were placed on the IRS’ “Dirty Dozen” list of tax scams in 2014 and identified as a transaction of interest in 2016, the IRS has continued to expand its enforcement efforts of what it views as abusive micro-captive insurance arrangements.
The IRS has been gathering information on taxpayers and instituted a new virtual currency compliance program in 2019. Here is an excerpt from one of their notices:
“We have information that you have or had one or more accounts containing virtual currency but may not have properly reported your transactions involving virtual currency, which include cryptocurrency and non-crypto virtual currencies.”
New IRS Notice 6174-A
The IRS clearly sees noncompliance on virtual currency transactions as a threat to the tax system.
As if the onslaught of recent losses in Tax Court was not enough, investors in syndicated conservation easements now have more to worry about. On August 25, 2020, the Senate Finance Committee released a bipartisan report condemning syndicated conservation easements as abusive and encouraging the IRS to take further action to ferret out such abuses.
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