Who Should make a Domestic Voluntary Disclosure to the IRS?

Who Should make a Domestic Voluntary Disclosure to the IRS?

Examples of Domestic Voluntary Disclosure to the IRS

Who Should Make a Domestic Voluntary Disclosure to the IRS?: With foreign voluntary disclosure getting all the press these days, the domestic voluntary disclosure program may feel a bit left-out. Still, for many individuals, trusts, estates, and entities, a domestic voluntary disclosure is a great option to disclosure unreported domestic (and foreign) income. This is especially true when a taxpayer may be facing a special agent investigation or other criminal or quasi-criminal-investigation by way of an eggshell or reverse egg-shell audit.

Who Should make a Domestic Voluntary Disclosure to the IRS?

Each persons facts and circumstances are different. In general, attorneys who specialize in this area of law will evaluate the facts and circumstances of the applicant considering a disclosure (aka “totality of the circumstances”) and then review the options with the applicant. 

Common industries we have represented clients in, includes:

  • Medical
  • Construction
  • Finance
  • Law
  • Entrepreneurs
  • Actors
  • Singers
  • Government Employees

Four (4) Examples Domestic Voluntary Disclosure

In Tax (and life) our team has found the best way to learn and digest highly complex information is through examples.

Therefore, we will provide you four (4) examples of common domestic voluntary and combined domestic and offshore voluntary disclosure submissions.

Domestic Voluntary Disclosure (Example 1)

Ralph runs a construction business.  He earns significant income, but some of the subcontractors pay him in cash. When times were tough – or Ralph just wanted to go out and spend some money — Ralph did not report the income to the IRS.

In addition, Ralph failed to withhold employment tax on certain staff members who are employees instead of independent contractors.

Finally, Ralph also embellished his expenses.

Ralph may be a good candidate for the domestic voluntary disclosure program.

Domestic Voluntary Disclosure (Example 2)

Victor is your typical entrepreneur. 

Victor put his nose to the grind for 80-to-100+ hour work weeks trying to build up a small Record label. 

One of Victor’s musicians hit it big, and Victor took it upon himself to spend a lot of money, without reporting it. 

As his record company grows, Victor still fails to fix any of the issues, while still skimming off the top.

Victor may be a good candidate for the domestic voluntary disclosure program.

Domestic & International Business Disclosure (Example 3)

Continuing from the previous example, one of Victor’s acts is located in Costa Rica.  Victor is hanging out at a Costa Rican bar with some expats when Victor gets the idea of not reporting a majority of the income from his foreign musician, because how will the IRS know?

Instead of repatriating to the U.S., he uses the money to purchase a few Costa Rican homes for rental properties — and opens a few Costa Rican bank accounts.

He works with a local attorney and thinks the money is safe since he does not have signature authority over the accounts — his business partner handles money in Costa Rica through a Sociedad Anonima.

Victor gets cold feet.

Victor may be a good candidate to submit for both domestic and foreign issues.

Domestic & International Business Disclosure (Example 4)

Andre works as a consultant in United States. 

He formed his own LLC, and became very successful. Unfortunately, Andre is a little too smart for his own good, and failed to pay income tax on some of the earnings.

He had U.S. and foreign clients divert some of the domestic and foreign income, which he used to purchase rental properties overseas, to accounts overseas.

He did not report the income, and claimed deduction for fringe benefits that he knew he should have included as income.

Andre intentionally underreported his US earnings, and then shifted them into a couple of Swiss banking “numbered accounts,” thinking he could keep the money hidden.

Unfortunately, Andre got wind that there might be a whistleblower at one of his client’s companies.

Moreover, it turns out that the foreign bank edited to a deferred prosecution agreement the United States.

Victor may be a good candidate to submit for both domestic and foreign issues.

Golding & Golding: About Our International Tax Law Firm

Golding & Golding specializes exclusively in international tax, and specifically IRS offshore disclosure

We are the “go-to” firm for other Attorneys, CPAs, Enrolled Agents, Accountants, and Financial Professionals across the globe. Our attorneys have worked with thousands of clients on offshore disclosure matters, including FATCA & FBAR.

Each case is led by a Board-Certified Tax Law Specialist with 20 years of experience, and the entire matter (tax and legal) is handled by our team, in-house.

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Less than 1% of Tax Attorneys Nationwide Are Certified Specialists

Sean M. Golding is one of less than 350 Attorneys (out of more than 200,000 practicing California Attorneys) to earn the Certified Tax Law Specialist credential. The credential is awarded to less than 1% of Attorneys.

Recent Golding & Golding Case Highlights

  • We represented a client in an 8-figure disclosure that spanned 7 countries.
  • We represented a high-net-worth client to facilitate a complex expatriation with offshore disclosure.
  • We represented an overseas family with bringing multiple businesses & personal investments into U.S. tax and offshore compliance.
  • We took over a case from a small firm that unsuccessfully submitted multiple clients to IRS Offshore Disclosure.
  • We successfully completed several recent disclosures for clients with assets ranging from $50,000 – $7,000,000+.
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How to Hire Experienced Streamlined Counsel?

How to Hire Experienced Voluntary Disclosure Counsel?

Generally, experienced attorneys in this field will have the following credentials/experience:

  • Board Certified Tax Law Specialist credential
  • Master’s of Tax Law (LL.M.)
  • Dually Licensed as an EA (Enrolled Agent) or CPA
  • 20-years experience as a practicing attorney
  • Extensive litigation, high-stakes audit and trial experience

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Golding & Golding specializes in voluntary disclosure. Contact our firm today for assistance with getting compliant.


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