5 Quick Facts about IRS Streamlined Filing Compliance Procedures (Golding & Golding - Board-Certified in Tax)

5 Quick Facts about IRS Streamlined Filing Compliance Procedures (Golding & Golding – Board-Certified in Tax)

5 Quick Facts about IRS Streamlined Filing Compliance Procedures

If you are a U.S. Person (or were) and are seeking to get into IRS Offshore Compliance, you may qualify for the Streamlined Filing Compliance Procedures (SFCP)

IRS Streamlined Filings are always Complicated

The program may appear “relatively” uncomplicated at first, but a Streamlined submission is generally very detailed and comprehensive — with most of the complex tax issues hiding in plain sight.

Streamlined Filing Compliance Lawyers – Golding & Golding, Board-Certified Tax Law Specialist Team

Golding & Golding represents clients worldwide in over 70-countries exclusively in Streamlined, Offshore and IRS Voluntary Disclosure matters. We have successfully completed more than 1,000 streamlined and voluntary disclosure submissions.

5 Quick Facts about the Streamlined Filing Compliance Procedures

Here are 5 very important facts about the Streamlined Procedures:

You do not have to be a Citizen or Legal Permanent Resident 

If you are a non-U.S. person, you may have been required to file tax returns in the U.S. due to qualifying under U.S. tax rules as a U.S. Person by way of the Substantial Presence Test.  Let’s say you currently do not meet the Substantial Presence Test, but you met the test in any of the last 3-years, you can still file — and under Streamlined Foreign Offshore Procedures (SFOP), you may qualify for a penalty waiver.

You can Include Domestic Income as well.

Let’s say you are amending the returns, or preparing original returns (SFOP Only) and you realize you missed a 1099 or other form of U.S. income. You can include this income on the returns submitted under the Streamlined Program, in addition to the foreign income.

There are Usually Complicated Tax Issues Lurking

This is not meant to scare you…it just is what it is. There are firms such as Golding & Golding that specialize exclusively in this area of law. Oftentimes, a client will come to us after they went to less experienced counsel who missed several key issues, including:

SDOP 5% Penalty cannot be Waived or Negotiated

If you submit under the Streamlined Domestic Offshore Procedures, the 5% penalty cannot be waived or negotiated. The penalty is firm, and if your intent is to try to side-step the penalty, you should consider making a Reasonable Cause submission in lieu of Streamlined.

But Some SDOP Assets are Not Penalized

For example, under most circumstances, the RRIF and RRSP are not penalized. Also, foreign real estate (including rental property) owned by an individual (vs. corporate or partnership asset) will usually escape penalty as well.

In addition, if you believe you have a similar asset — such as foreign pensions — that should escape penalty, you may try to get that reduced, but submitting outside of the IRS approved guidelines may cause more headache than necessary.

Golding & Golding (Board Ceritfied Specialist in Tax Law)

Golding & Golding (Board Certified Specialist in Tax Law)

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