How is Title 26 Miscellaneous Offshore Penalty Calculated? (Golding & Golding, Board-Certified Tax Specialist)

How is the Title 26 Miscellaneous Offshore Penalty Calculated?(Golding & Golding, Board-Certified Tax Specialist)

Title 26 Miscellaneous Offshore Penalty: The Title 26 Miscellaneous Offshore Penalty of 5% is a reduced penalty offered to applicants of the IRS Streamlined Domestic Offshore Procedures (SDOP).  

Title 26 Miscellaneous Offshore Penalty 

The Title 26 Miscellaneous Offshore Penalty is significantly lower than the FBAR and other related penalties a foreign account holder would otherwise suffer if they were  audited. The goal is to leverage a smaller penalty (now) against a potentially more devastating penalty(s) later.

For U.S. resident taxpayers considering entering SDOP, it is important to pre-analyze what the penalty will be so that the client has a good understanding of how much they will be out-of-pocket.

Sample Title 26 Miscellaneous Offshore Penalty Calculation

Form 14654 Penalty ExampleHow to CalculatePractice Pointer
Step 1: Evaluate your Accounts & AssetsThere are many different accounts and assets that may be included in the computation. Two of the most common are assets and accounts involving FATCA  (Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act) and FBAR (Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Account Form) *Some assets and accounts may be excluded from the penalty-base.Be sure your foreign assets and accounts are not excluded from the penalty base
Step 2: Compile 12/31 Year-End BalancesCompile the 12/31 balances on your Foreign Accounts, Insurance Policies and other 8938/FBAR qualified accounts for each year within the compliance period.The use of the December 31st helps avoid double-counting
Step 3: Select an annual exchange rateDetermine the proper exchange rate for each year. There are various exchange rates you can use, such as the IRS exchange rates and Department of Treasury exchange rates.Practice Pointer: Stay consistent with the source of exchange rates you used.
Step 4: Aggregate the 12/31 balancesTotal the 12/31 balances on your previously unreported Foreign Accounts, Insurance Policies and other 8938/FBAR qualified accounts (Value of Real Estate is not included for the Streamlined Program).Be sure to only include accounts and assets that comprise the penalty base.
Step 5: Select the highest 12/31 aggregate balancePick the one-year that has the highest 12/31 balance (not highest max year balance, which is the standard for Traditional Voluntary Disclosure).The 5% Penalty is not on every year -- just the highest year.
Step 6: Multiply the aggregate balance by 5%Example: Michael's highest year 12/31 aggregate balance in the six (6) year compliance period is 2017. In 2017 his 12/31 balances totaled $2,600,000. His penalty would be $130,000.Multiple by .05 -- not .50

Can I Negotiate the Title 26 Miscellaneous Offshore Penalty?

No, unfortunately when a person enters the streamlined domestic offshore procedures, they are subject to a 5% penalty. The IRS agents are not authorized to negotiate the penalty, but is important to note that there are various assets which may be excluded from the computation.

Golding & Golding: Board-Certified Tax Law Specialist

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.

We are the “go-to” firm for other Attorneys, CPAs, Enrolled Agents, Accountants and Financial Professionals worldwide.

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Golding & Golding: Our international tax lawyers practice exclusively in the area of IRS Offshore & Voluntary Disclosure. We represent clients in 70+ different countries. Managing Partner Sean M. Golding is a Board-Certified Tax Law Specialist Attorney (a designation earned by < 1% of attorneys nationwide.). He leads a full-service offshore disclosure & tax law firm. Sean and his team have represented thousands of clients nationwide & worldwide in all aspects of IRS offshore & voluntary disclosure and compliance during his 20-year career as an Attorney.

Sean holds a Master's in Tax Law from one of the top Tax LL.M. programs in the country at the University of Denver. He has also earned the prestigious IRS Enrolled Agent credential. Mr. Golding's articles have been referenced in such publications as the Washington Post, Forbes, Nolo, and various Law Journals nationwide.
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