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December 8, 2012

‘Kawashima’ Raises Deportation Threat for Noncitizens Subject to U.S. Tax Laws

Daily Tax Report

A 2012 U.S. Supreme Court ruling significantly expands the categories of tax convictions that can lead to deportation for non-U.S. citizens residing in the country, raising the prospect of harsh punishment for offenses many might view as minor, practitioners told BNA in recent interviews.

“Deportation is a possibility and is scaring people away from trying to file taxes,” said Offshore Tax Compliance Chair Kevin Packman. “The government needs to view the systems more from a taxpayer side,” said Mr. Packman, adding the government “can't treat everyone who made a mistake as a tax felon.”

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