UPDATE TO STREAMLINED PROCEDURES: DIFFERENT STROKES FOR THE SAME FOLKS
In our prior issue, Insights Vol. 1, No. 1, we noted that, for a U.S. taxpayer entering into the Streamlined Procedures (i.e., fast-track program) in 2013, an I.R.S. agent informally advised filing tax returns for the years 2009, 2010, and 2011. Upon further discussions with the I.R.S., the agent revisited the issue, advising that a taxpayer entering into the program today would need to file the last three years of tax returns (i.e., 2010, 2011, and 2012). In the event the taxpayer does not file a timely 2013 return prior to the submission, the applicable look-back period is 2011, 2012, and 2013.
This advice is consistent with the 2012 O.V.D.P. F.A.Q. # 9, which answers the question “What years are included in the OVDP disclosure period?” as follows:
For calendar year taxpayers the voluntary disclosure period is the most recent eight tax years for which the due date has already passed. The eight-year period does not include current years for which there has not yet been non-compliance. Thus, for taxpayers who submit a voluntary disclosure prior to April 15, 2012 (or other 2011 due date under extension), the disclosure must include each of the years 2003 through 2010 in which they have undisclosed foreign accounts and/or undisclosed foreign entities. Fiscal year taxpayers must include fiscal years ending in calendar years 2003 through 2010. For taxpayers who disclose after the due date (or extended due date) for 2011, the disclosure must include 2004 through 2011. For disclosures made in successive years, any additional years for which the due date has passed must be included, but a corresponding number of years at the beginning of the period will be excluded, so that each disclosure includes an eight year period.