The Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program (OVDP) is closed
See IRS Criminal Investigation Voluntary Disclosure Practice, for the most current voluntary disclosure procedures.
As a condition to being accepted into the 2011 Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Initiative (2011 OVDI), applicants must provide the IRS the following for those tax years covered by the voluntary disclosure (generally 2003 through 2010, inclusive) on or before August 31, 2011.
- All applicants: Copies of previously filed original (and, if applicable, previously filed amended) federal income tax returns for tax years covered by the voluntary disclosure.
- All applicants: Complete and accurate amended federal income tax returns (for individuals, Form 1040X, or original Form 1040 if delinquent) for all tax years covered by the voluntary disclosure, with applicable schedules detailing the amount and type of previously unreported income from the account or entity (e.g., Schedule B for interest and dividends, Schedule D for capital gains and losses, Schedule E for income from partnerships, S corporations, estates or trusts).
- All applicants: Copy of your completed and signed Offshore Voluntary Disclosures Letter.
- All applicants: A check made out to the U.S. Treasury. The check must include the amount of tax, interest, and accuracy-related penalty under IRC § 6662(a), and, if applicable, the failure to file and failure to pay penalties under IRC § 6651(a) (the suspension of interest provisions of IRC § 6404(g) do not apply to interest due in this initiative). If you cannot pay the total amount of tax, interest, and penalties as described above, submit your proposed payment arrangement and a completed Collection Information Statement ( Form 433-A, Collection Information Statement for Wage Earners and Self-employed Individuals, or Form 433-B, Collection Information Statement for Businesses, as appropriate).
- All applicants: Completed Foreign Account or Asset Statement.
- All applicants: Completed penalty computation worksheet showing the applicant’s determination of the aggregate highest account balance of his/her undisclosed offshore accounts, fair market value of foreign assets, and penalty computation signed by the applicant and the applicant’s representative if the applicant is represented.
- All applicants: Properly completed and signed agreements to extend the period of time to assess tax (including tax penalties) and to assess FBAR penalties.
- All applicants disclosing offshore financial accounts: Copies of filed Forms TD F 90-22.1 (FBARs) for foreign accounts maintained during calendar years covered by the voluntary disclosure. (You should file delinquent FBARs according to the FBAR instructions and include a statement explaining that the FBARs are being filed as part of the OVDP. Through June 30, 2013, you may file electronically or by sending paper forms to Department of Treasury, Post Office Box 32621, Detroit, MI 48232-0621. After June 30, 2013, you must file electronically.) If you are unable to file electronically, you may contact the FinCEN Regulatory Helpline at 800-949-2732 to request an exemption.
NOTE: Taxpayers filing FBARs electronically do not currently have the technological ability to include a statement explaining that the FBARs are being filed as part of the OVDP. Until such time that they have the ability, it is not necessary to include the statement.
- All applicants disclosing offshore financial accounts: Complete and accurate Form TD F 90.22-1, Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts, for foreign accounts maintained during calendar years covered by the voluntary disclosure and/or copies of previously filed FBARs.
- All applicants disclosing offshore financial accounts: For those applicants disclosing offshore financial accounts with an aggregate highest account balance in any year of $500,000 or more, copies of offshore financial account statements reflecting all account activity for each of the tax years covered by your voluntary disclosure. Explain any differences between the amounts reported on the account statements and the tax returns. For those applicants disclosing offshore financial accounts with an aggregate highest account balance of less than $500,000 copies of offshore financial account statements reflecting all account activity for each of the tax years covered by your voluntary disclosure must be available upon request.
- All applicants disclosing offshore entities: A statement identifying all offshore entities for the tax years covered by the voluntary disclosure, whether held directly or indirectly, and your ownership or control share of such entities.
- All applicants disclosing offshore entities: When accounts or assets were held in the name of a foreign entity, complete and accurate amended (or original, if delinquent) information returns required to be filed, including, but not limited to, Forms 3520, 3520-A, 5471, 5472, 926 and 8865 for all tax years covered by the voluntary disclosure. If the applicant is requesting that the Service waive the information reporting requirement, the applicant should submit a completed and signed Statement on Dissolved Entities. (See FAQ 29.)
- Estates and certain executors or advisors. If the applicant is a decedent’s estate, or is an individual who participated in the failure to report the foreign account, foreign asset, or foreign entity in a required gift or estate tax return, either as executor or advisor, provide complete and accurate amended estate or gift tax returns (original estate or gift tax returns, if not previously filed) for tax years covered by the voluntary disclosure necessary to correct the underreporting of assets held in or transferred through undisclosed foreign accounts or foreign entities.
- Returns involving Passive Foreign Investment Company (PFIC) issues. A statement whether the amended returns involve PFIC issues during the tax years covered by the 2011 OVDI period, and if so, whether the applicant chooses to elect the alternative to the statutory PFIC computation that resolves PFIC issues on a basis that is consistent with the mark to market (MTM) methodology authorized in IRC § 1296 but does not require complete reconstruction of historical data. A description of this alternative method is included in FAQ 10.