September 27, 2009 - Phil Hodgen

Last day to sign up for amnesty representation is October 2, 2009

October 2, 2009.

If you want to consult with us on a possible voluntary disclosure of offshore bank accounts, please contact us no later than October 2, 2009.  We will not schedule any new consultations after that date.

Why are we doing this?

  • We are preparing amended 2008 income tax returns for a number of our amnesty clients.  These must be filed by October 15, 2009.  We will be busy.
  • Our current voluntary disclosure program clients are — in some cases — in the audit process at the back end of the process.  These cases are in the final — and most sensitive — phase and must be handled quickly and handled well.
  • Launching a new voluntary disclosure client into the IRS takes a significant amount of work.  We need to build enough time into our lives to accomplish this, if you ask us to act as your lawyers.
  • We have other commitments to our other clients, and we take those commitments seriously.

Let me be blunt about what is going on here, and what you should see.  When is the last time you saw a law firm — or any company — turn away business?  We do that.  We’re picky about who we take on, and we don’t overcommit ourselves.  That’s good for our clients, our sanity, and (frankly) our long-term success.

Bottom line for people who are still thinking about hiring us?  Get yourself on our schedule no later than October 2, 2009.  Call Ellen Kenney at +1-626-689-0060, extension 3.  She will get you onto the calendar.

On a personal note.  Many, many thanks to the people that have consulted with us.  One guy told me “That’s the best $550 I ever spent” after our telephone consultation.  From my end it is a great feeling to help each of you gain some clarity on what you face, and support you as you make the decision about what to do.

And frankly, this may blow up in my face.  On Friday I was interviewed by a reporter for a national newspaper (hi, SP) and odds are that the article will be published after this date.  So sorry in advance to those who will find out about us after we close the doors to new business.

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