2009 Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program
Update Aug. 31, 2011 — MEMORANDUM FOR ALL OVDI EXAMINERS (Use of Discretion on 2009 OVDP Cases, dated March 1, 2011) has been added under Related Items at the bottom of this page.
The 2009 Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program ended on Oct. 15, 2009. However, the new 2011 Offshore Voluntary Dislcosure Initiative was announced on Feb. 8 and runs through Aug. 31, 2011. For more more information about the 2011 initiative, visit ( 2011 OVDI landing page) For general information on the IRS's voluntary disclosure program, visit the voluntary disclosure page.
Taxpayers with unreported income relating to offshore transactions who wish to voluntarily disclose the information to the IRS can find information on the process.
For a complete understanding of the voluntary disclosure procedures, see Internal Revenue Manual (IRM) 126.96.36.199
Taxpayers wanting to participate in the IRS voluntary disclosure process should call the phone number associated with the state in which they reside. See Contact IRS About Voluntary Disclosure. (updated 02/08/2011)
See questions and answers on the voluntary disclosure process and undisclosed offshore accounts (9/21/09).
On September 21, 2009, the IRS announced a one-time extension of the September 23, 2009 deadline for special voluntary disclosures by taxpayers with unreported income from hidden offshore accounts. Taxpayers now have until October 15, 2009. There will be no further extensions.
The September 23, 2009, deadline for certain FBAR filers and certain offshore-related information returns who have no unreported income is also extended to October 15, 2009. All other guidance included below may still be relied upon. For more specific information regarding the voluntary disclosure of offshore accounts and FBAR filings, see the related items below:
News Release IR-2009-84 and Overview of the Voluntary Disclosure Program
- Questions and Answers (revised 9/21/09) HTML
- Voluntary Disclosure Optional Format Letter (updated 7/29/09)