Voluntary Disclosure Initiative

Kathryn Keneally, Assistant Attorney General, Tax Division of the Department of Justice, acknowledged that the Department of Justice had used information provided by whistleblowers in tracking down unreported offshore bank accounts held by United States citizens while speaking to the Civil and Criminal Penalties Committee of Tax Section of the American Bar Association at

Tax Analysts recently released a Chief Counsel Memorandum dated April 23, 2012, stating that the IRS cannot pay a section 7623(b) award on recoveries from the failure to report a foreign bank account commonly referred to as “FBAR” penalties.  While we believe Chief Counsel has this one wrong on the law and we will