Launch your amnesty – sample letter


Posted by:
Phil Hodgen

Written on:
October 15, 2009

Posted in:
Voluntary Disclosure

Here’s a lightly adapted version of the letter we use. If you want to launch your own voluntary disclosure for your offshore account, here’s what to do:

  • Go to the IRS website and find the address and phone number for the IRS Criminal Investigations office for where you live.
  • Call them and get their fax number.
  • Do the edits you need to do. Don’t worry about being Marcel F-ing Proust. Just hack it up and get the info in there.
  • Fax that sumbitch to the IRS.
  • Call them and ask them to confirm that they got your fax.
  • Find someone to buy you a drink.
  • Call me on my mobile at +1-626-437-2500 and hire us to take you from there. Or call someone else. ‘Cause you’re going to need it.

OK. Jay Johnson is going to hate me. But if you can’t figure out where to send your letter, fax it to him. :-) Full info is below helpfully pre-built into this letter. I’m just sayin’ that you take the position that you got your letter into the IRS before the deadline. Yeah footfault on the PLACE for filing. But you’re in.

Remember, I’m not telling you to do this. I’m just giving you the ammo if you need to get it done.

Here you go. . . .

October 15, 2009

Jay N. Johnson
Supervisory Special Agent

IRS-Criminal Investigation
Los Angeles Field Office
801 Civic Center Drive West
Room 218, MS 8000
Santa Ana, CA 92701

Delivered via fax to 714-347-9561

Subject: Voluntary Disclosure Regarding Offshore Activities
Taxpayer: (Name)
Social Security Number:

Date of Birth:

Address on Return:

Dear Mr. Johnson:

This letter constitutes the above-identified taxpayers’ formal notice to the Internal Revenue Service of their desire to participate in the current program for voluntary disclosure of offshore activities by U.S. taxpayers. The taxpayers are fully willing to cooperate with the IRS
in determining the correct tax liability.

The voluntary disclosure made relates to Swiss accounts owned by them.

Please contact me for follow-up questions. My daytime telephone number is _____________ and my email address is ______________. I will be following up shortly with a second letter, following the guidelines of the “Offshore Voluntary Disclosures – Optional Format” letter published by the IRS on 7/28/2009.

I look forward to working with you or one of the Special Agents in your office in order to process this application and receive a determination letter from your office advising that the taxpayers are eligible for the voluntary disclosure program.

Very truly yours,

Philip D.W. Hodgen

Copy (with enclosures): (Client)

 

 

Comments

Phil Hodgen says:

It occurred to me after posting this that you should call me BEFORE you have a drink. :-)

meljorie opulencia says:

please give me a copy of a sample of an amnesty letter. thanks! we’re using it to close our late father’s bank account

Phil says:

The sample letter is built into the post. What was a good idea in 2009 may not necessarily be a good idea in 2010. Look before you leap, in other words.

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