Thursday, August 4, 2011

California offers amnesty for investors in abusive tax shelters

California has launched a tax amnesty program for people who used abusive tax shelters or offshore financial arrangements to evade or avoid state taxes.

The California Franchise Tax Board announced the initiative, called “Voluntary Compliance Initiative 2,” earlier this week. Participants in the program can avoid most penalties and criminal prosecution, the tax board says. The filing period for the amnesty program ends Oct. 31.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports that the tax board has contacted 47,000 taxpayers who might be eligible.