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Possible benefits of the coming into U.S. tax compliance through the Streamlined program?

This post originally appeared at the Isaac Brock Society.

Updated November 3, 2014 – Readers are strongly encouraged to read the comments as well. One must remember that Streamlined and OVDP are programs which have been invented by the IRS. They are not found in the Internal Revenue Code. Consequently this post should be read in the context of the following comment to this post:

Commentary on the ‘clarifying rules’:

http://tax-expatriation.com/2014/10/14/irs-releases-clarifying-rules-for-u-s-citizens-living-outside-the-u-s-re-streamlined-filing-guidance/

“……..FAQs are all the rage these days with the IRS, as the government does not take the time or spend the resources to follow the Administrative Procedures Act or similar requirements which are required in order to issue binding rules and regulations. See a previous post regarding these requirements, specifically regarding those who renounce U.S. citizenship or abandon LPR status and have not complied with IRS Notice 2009-85. See,Does IRS Notice 2009-85 regarding expatriation have the “force of law”? Posted on April 14, 2014

Hence, these SFCP are not legally binding on the IRS and they can pick cases as they choose for audit, review and penalty assessment in any manner they think is consistent with the law. Sometimes they do it in a manner that is not consistent with the law.”………….

Americans abroad are getting special attention from the IRS

 

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For Green Card Holders with #Offshore accounts relief may be on the way

And from the IRS Commissioner …

 

On June 3, 2014 IRS Commissioner Koshinken in prepared remarks commented on matters of interest to U.S. citizens abroad including:

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IRS offers new procedure for US expats to correct their failures to file

the IRS today announced a new procedure for obvious tax cheats U.S. taxpayers living abroad who haven’t filed all of their returns.

The Shape of Tax to Come

TL;DR
In I.R.S. News Release 2012-65, the IRS announced a new procedure for US taxpayers living outside of the USA to correct existing failures to file tax returns, information returns, and FBARs. You’ll need to pay your back taxes and interest. The details are not yet finalized, and the procedure will not start until September 1 4, 2012.   The intensity of the review will depend on the compliance risk posed by each taxpayer’s situation (i.e., more attention will be paid to “whales” than will be paid to “minnows”). Participating in this new procedure will not necessarily prevent criminal prosecution by the IRS or DOJ.

Thoughts

  • The IRS finally gets around to recognizing that citizenship-based taxation (which also covers non-citizen green-card holders) creates a problem for people who have left. As long as U.S. taxpayers are required to file full tax returns, plus extra information returns to report their foreign accounts…

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Streamlined compliance may now be an option for those who wish to file amended returns!

Assuming the correctness of this, it is very big. It signals that the focus of the IRS may be moving away from penalties and toward getting people back into the system! Note the discussion of the role of Taxpayer Advocate.

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