Is the Streamlined Program Ending Soon? A common question we receive is, “Is the Streamlined Program Ending Soon?” The IRS Streamlined Program is a great method for getting into compliance for prior year unreported foreign money. For some clients, the decision to “go streamlined,” can be a long one. And, a common concern is — how long do I have to make a decision?
Each year, it seems like the IRS teases taxpayers with the notion that they are going to finally end the streamlined filing compliance procedures. For those of you unfamiliar with the program SFCP is an alternative to traditional voluntary disclosure.
The Streamlined Program is used by non-willful taxpayers who have previous year unreported offshore accounts, assets, and investments.
While it may appear that the IRS is bluffing, they did make good on their promise to end OVDP. That program ended in 2018, and while the IRS also expanded the traditional voluntary disclosure – for some applicants, OVDP would have been a better deal.
As we head into the new year, since the Internal Revenue Service is aggressively enforcing foreign account compliance, it is important for taxpayers to understand the options, and the state of the streamlined program.
Is the Streamlined Program Ending Soon?
Presumably, the Streamlined Program will soon be coming to an end. Recently, the American Bar Association held a conference in Las Vegas. They run this conference each year, and it focuses on issues involving criminal tax and offshore tax related matters. During the conference, one of the head IRS personnel let it be known that the streamlined procedures would be ending. While he did not identify a specific date, it is important to note that this is the same pattern and practice as to what happened before the IRS closed OVDP.
How Will I Know if the Streamlined Program is Ending Soon?
There is no knowing for sure how much notice the Internal Revenue Service will provide to taxpayers.
Presumably, the IRS will provide six months notice. As with prior OVDP, that six months does not mean you can submit a placeholder right before the deadline – rather, it means your application must be ready to go by the final due date.
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