International Informational Returns Late Filing in 2019 - Penalty Waiver (Golding & Golding)

International Informational Returns Late Filing in 2019 – Penalty Waiver (Golding & Golding)

International Informational Returns Late Filing in 2019 – Penalty Waiver

International Informational Returns Late Filing in 2019: If you have not filed International Informational Returns to the IRS, you may qualify for certain foreign amnesty programs.

Delinquent International Information Returns

Just because you did not timely file your International Informational Returns (such as 3520, 5471, 5472, or 8865), does not automatically mean you will be subject to an IRS penalty.

In fact, if you can show that you reported all of your foreign income and/or do not have any unreported foreign income from overseas/abroad, you may qualify for the Delinquent International Information Return Submission Procedures, which does not carry a penalty.

IRS Amnesty

Unlike the traditional Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program (OVDP) or the Streamlined Filing Compliance Procedures aka “Streamlined Program” (SFCP, SFOP or SDOP), in which applicants typically have unreported income — there is a specific program for individuals with no unreported foreign income and a relatively basic submission package (and can also show reasonable cause)

What are FBAR & FATCA Delinquency Procedures

The following is a summary of the basics regarding the Delinquent Return Procedures:

Delinquent

Informational Returns were never filed, or filed incomplete.

International

The returns that are being filed involve International Income (aka Foreign Income, or Income from Overseas, Abroad or Offshore)

Informational Return

The applicant did not file an “Informational Return” such as a Form 5471 (Foreign Corporation) or Form 8865 (Foreign Partnership). These are just two examples of International Informational Returns.

Submission Procedures

These are the procedures/process for “submitting” the delinquent informational returns to the IRS in an attempt to obtain a Penalty Waiver.

Delinquency Procedures to Report Offshore Accounts & Assets

For some Taxpayers, they may have unreported foreign assets, accounts or investments that should have been disclosed to the IRS but do not otherwise need to file for traditional OVDP (Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program) or the Streamlined Filing Compliance Procedures. Alternatively, they may qualify for the Delinquency Procedures and avoid any penalties.

*You should speak with an experienced Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program Lawyer to determine whether your submission should be made under OVDP, the Streamlined Program, or other Amnesty program.

Delinquent International Information Return

Unlike the traditional Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program (OVDP) or the Streamlined Filing Compliance Procedures aka “Streamlined Program” (SFCP, SFOP or SDOP), in which applicants typically have unreported income — there is a specific program for individuals with no unreported foreign income and a relatively basic submission package (and can also show reasonable cause)

No Change in Tax Liability

When it comes to Offshore Voluntary Disclosure, the main catalyst for the IRS issuing penalties is because of the unreported income. In other words, under most circumstances the IRS is not going after individuals who have reported all of their foreign income, but maybe were unaware there were certain forms they had to file in addition to reporting the income.

While it is a very common for individuals to have unreported foreign accounts and/or assets (along with unreported income) – it is less common to have undeclared accounts or assets and no change in U.S. Tax Liability.

No Income vs. No Tax Due

This is a very important distinction: In order to qualify for this program, a person can have no change in U.S. tax liability. 

If a person has unreported income resulting in a change in tax liability (even if the person has foreign tax credits to offset it), there are still other alternatives to try to avoid any offshore penalties. Namely, this is done by making a voluntary submission via a Reasonable Cause submission or Streamlined Foreign Offshore Procedure submission, but those are options you should speak with in detail with an Experienced Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Attorney before making any proactive representation to the IRS.

How do the Delinquency Procedures Work?

First, there must be no Need for a Streamlined or OVDP submission. In other words, no unreported income or other complex tax scenario.

As provided by the IRS: Taxpayers who do not need to use the OVDP or the Streamlined Filing Compliance Procedures to file delinquent or amended tax returns to report and pay additional tax, but who:

– have not filed one or more required international information returns,

– have reasonable cause for not timely filing the information returns,

– are not under a civil examination or a criminal investigation by the IRS, and

– have not already been contacted by the IRS about the delinquent information returns

should file the delinquent information returns with a statement of all facts establishing reasonable cause for the failure to file.  

Prepare a Reasonable Cause Statement

As further provided by the IRS: As part of the reasonable cause statement, taxpayers must also certify that any entity for which the information returns are being filed was not engaged in tax evasion.  If a reasonable cause statement is not attached to each delinquent information return filed, penalties may be assessed in accordance with existing procedures.

– All delinquent international information returns other than Forms 3520 and 3520-A should be attached to an amended return and filed according to the applicable instructions for the amended return.  

– All delinquent Forms 3520 and 3520-A should be filed according to the applicable instructions for those forms.  

– A reasonable cause statement must be attached to each delinquent information return filed for which reasonable cause is being requested.

Information returns filed with amended returns will not be automatically subject to audit but may be selected for audit through the existing audit selection processes that are in place for any tax or information returns.

Unreported Income or Don’t Qualify for Delinquency?

You still have options, but you would submit directly to one of the specific Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Programs.

We Specialize in Safely Disclosing Foreign Money

We have successfully handled a diverse range of IRS Voluntary Disclosure and International Tax Investigation/Examination cases involving FBAR, FATCA, and high-stakes matters for clients around the globe (In over 65 countries!)

Whether it is a simple or complex case, safely getting clients into compliance is our passion, and we take it very seriously.

What Should You Do?

Everyone makes mistakes. If at some point that you should have been reporting your foreign income, accounts, assets or investments the prudent and least costly (but most effective) method for getting compliance is through one of the approved IRS offshore voluntary disclosure program.

Be Careful of the IRS

With the introduction and enforcement of FATCA for both Civil and Criminal Penalties, renewed interest in the IRS issuing FBAR Penalties, crackdown on Cryptocurrency (and IRS joining J5), the termination of OVDP, and recent foreign bank settlements with the IRS…there are not many places left to hide.

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International Tax Lawyers - Golding & Golding, A PLC

International Tax Lawyers - Golding & Golding, A PLC

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, JD, LL.M., EA and his team have represented thousands of clients in all aspects of IRS offshore disclosure and compliance during his 20-year career as an Attorney. Mr. Golding's articles have been referenced in such publications as the Washington Post, Forbes, Nolo and various Law Journals nationwide.

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, and has also earned the prestigious Enrolled Agent credential. Mr. Golding is also a Board Certified Tax Law Specialist Attorney (A designation earned by Less than 1% of Attorneys nationwide.)
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