A message from the IRS to those US taxpayers who have not disclosed offshore accounts...
Taxpayers Have Until Oct. 15 to File Extended 2008 Tax Returns; Offshore Voluntary Disclosures Also DueIR-2009-87, Oct. 1, 2009
Deadline nears for Special Offshore Voluntary Disclosures
Oct. 15 is the deadline for special voluntary disclosures by taxpayers with assets in previously undisclosed offshore financial accounts.
Under the special provisions issued in March, taxpayers with these accounts originally had until Sept. 23, 2009, to come forward. Those taxpayers who do not voluntarily disclose their accounts by Oct. 15 face harsh civil penalties, where applicable, and possible criminal prosecution.
Tax professionals or individuals who want to initiate a voluntary disclosure should call their local IRS Criminal Investigation office. Individuals or their representatives may either contact the nearest Special Agent in Charge, IRS Criminal Investigation, stating their wish to make a voluntary disclosure, or provide a letter outlining information needed to assist the IRS in determining their acceptance into the voluntary disclosure program.
See the Voluntary Disclosure page on IRS.gov for more details.
Taxpayers with questions on the offshore issue may also call the IRS Voluntary Disclosure Hotline (215-516-4777) .
News Release IR-2009-84 and Overview of the Voluntary Disclosure Program
- Memorandum on Routing of Voluntary Disclosure Requests
- Memorandum on SB/SE and LMSB Offshore Examination Cases
- Questions and Answers (revised 9/21/09) HTML
- September 23 Deadline for Some FBAR Filers
- Voluntary Disclosure Optional Format Letter (Updated 7/29/09)
- IRS Commissioner's Statement on Offshore Income.