IRS Continues Efforts to Crack Down on Offshore Tax Evasion

The Internal Revenue Service announced this week they received 12,000 new applications from the 2011 Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Initiative (OVDI) that closed on September 9, 2011. This pushes the total number of voluntary disclosures up to 30,000 since 2009.

The programs gave U.S.taxpayers with undisclosed assets or income offshore a second chance to get compliant with the U.S. tax system, pay their fair share and avoid potential criminal charges.

The IRS has now collected an estimated $2.7 billion in tax revenues as a result of the 2009 and 2011 Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Initiative. $2.2 billion has been collected by people who participated in the 2009 program, and the IRS is starting to work through the 2011 applications ($500 million in payments so far from the 2011 program).

“By any measure, we are in the middle of an unprecedented period for our global international tax enforcement efforts,” said IRS Commissioner Doug Shulman. “We have pierced international bank secrecy laws, and we are making a serious dent in offshore tax evasion.”

Global tax enforcement is a top priority at the IRS, and Shulman noted progress on multiple fronts, including ground-breaking international tax agreements and increased cooperation with other governments. In addition, the IRS and Justice Department have increased efforts involving criminal investigation of international tax evasion.

If you owe back taxes on undeclared funds in offshore bank accounts, being proactive about disclosing your foreign funds can help reduce your chances of criminal prosecution, minimize severe IRS penalties and work out a structured IRS payment plan. If you were not able to file for tax amnesty, there is a heightened need to get expert tax help as soon as possible.

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