The Future of Voluntary Disclosure
11 Pages Posted: 4 Sep 2018 Last revised: 1 Oct 2018
Date Written: August 6, 2018
This article calls for the IRS to adopt permanent voluntary disclosure procedures that incorporate specific features of the latest offshore voluntary disclosure program and correct some of its flaws. If the IRS does not provide new voluntary disclosure procedures for willful noncompliance, taxpayers will face uncertain penalties under the so-called quiet disclosures and the traditional voluntary disclosure practice outlined in the Internal Revenue Manual. That uncertainty - and the potential for inconsistent treatment of similarly situated taxpayers - would increase the costs of becoming compliant and ultimately discourage taxpayers from making voluntary disclosures.
Keywords: Voluntary Disclosure, Tax Amnesty, OVDP, Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program, Tax Evasion, Willful Noncompliance, IRS
JEL Classification: H26, K34
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