Monday, September 21, 2009

IRS extends deadline for disclosing off-shore accounts

The Internal Revenue Service is extending the deadline for special voluntary disclosures by taxpayers with unreported income from hidden offshore accounts from Sept. 23 to Oct. 15.

Under special provisions issued in March, taxpayers who voluntarily disclose their hidden accounts possibly could receive less harsh civil penalties and avoid criminal prosecution. The IRS extended the deadline in response to requests from lawyers representing some of those who are willing to disclose offshore accounts. The IRS said it wouldn't allow any further extensions.