Thursday, July 7, 2011

IRS Voluntary Offshore Disclosure Program Ends 8/31/11- After That Date Things will get really Bad!

The IRS 2011 Voluntary Offshore Disclosure Program ends on 8/31/11. Any entry into the program must be made by that date.  If you have not been filing your tax return, reporting your Mexican Bank Accounts and Financial Accounts, reporting your Mexican Corporation, Partnership or Fideicomiso this may be the last chance to eliminate or reduce potentially huge penalties, and avoid criminal prosecution.

The IRS has stated any taxpayer who does not come forward by the date, and who is later discovered or attempts to make up for past forms which have not been filed will be subject to the maximum possible penalties and possible criminal prosecution.

The IRS knows that in 2008 only about 100,000 US tax returns were filed by Gringos living in Mexico, but there are over One Million US Citizens living in Mexico.  With these statistics in mind,  there is little doubt that Mexico will become a big target for the IRS in the very near future.  The statue of limitations never runs out on future IRS action if you have not filed a return for any particular year or if you fail to file certain foreign information returns such as those for Mexican Corporations, Fideicomisos, Mexican Financial accounts, etc.

In serious situations such as this, Attorney-client privilege which we can offer our clients is often indispensable.

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