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Title: Where do you begin when you want to make a voluntary disclosure?
Content: Although the information is not hard to find and especially if you have an attorney, you can
borrow advice from, there are people who have not yet begun the voluntary disclosure process because
they do not know where they should begin. Do you show up at IRS offices and tell them that you have
unpaid taxes on some offshore accounts? Do you send a friend you know who works there? In other
words, how do you begin your journey to freedom? Below are the steps you should take from where you
begin to where you finally close.
The Process of Voluntary Disclosure
Taxpayers or a representative they have hired should send their disclosure letter and any other
attachments to the IRS via mail. A representative in this context describes an attorney who will carry on
with the process for you if you are not comfortable doing it on your own. After they get your letter and
attachments, it will investigate your case and get back to you with a response indicating whether your
voluntary disclosure plea was accepted or whether it was declined. If you are curious as to what time it
will take before you can get a response from the IRS, the average is 45 days after they receive your letter
of voluntary disclosure.
Process after Acceptance of Voluntary Disclosure Application
Once your plea of voluntary disclosure has been accepted, you will be required to cooperate. Cooperation
in this context points out to willingly submitting any documents that might be needed including
information that might be requested by you. You do not have to worry about this stage a lot because you
will have guidance from the IRS. After you have cleared all your penalties, you will no longer have any
sour ties with the tax authority unless you neglect the promises you are supposed to make about filing
your FBAR every year and in a timely fashion for that matter.
What if you intend to make a non-offshore voluntary disclosure at the same you are disclosing your
There is a separate process for domestic disclosures. If you intend to make both disclosures at the same
time, you will need to follow the process for offshore disclosures but indicate that you also intend to make
a domestic disclosure. It is advisable to make both disclosures at the same time since it is likely that the
IRS will investigate your entire tax history. This means that while your offshore accounts are being
investigated, your domestic tax payment tendencies will be subject to investigation too.
The Required Documentation
That would be a long list. You do have to worry about these since the IRS will direct you. However, if
you do not comprehend or presume that you will not comprehend, you could hire a representative to help
with the process. If you, however, need to know, you can find the info online.
Can you hire a representative?
This will be necessary when your accounts have many funds. A representative’s major purpose will be to
ensure that calculations or the amount you pay in penalties are right. Besides, you will not have to go
through the all the torture legal jargon can take you through. Before you begin the process, you should be
well informed to avoid complications. For instance, you might not have been aware that the IRS does not
allow you to initiate voluntary disclosure if it is already conducting investigations on your account.
Besides, it is necessary that you disclose before June 30 but in some cases, the IRS allows extension of
this period. It is always a good thing to proceed under the guidance of a professional. Firms like Chicago
Tax Lawyer Firm are working fine in this field, and their specifically designed services are wonderful.