The final deadline for special voluntary disclosures of unreported income from hidden offshore bank accounts is October 15, 2009. Taxpayers who come forward will escape harsher penalties and the possibility of criminal prosecution.
In August, Swiss Bank UBS agreed to hand over the names of more than four thousand wealthy Americans under suspicion of tax evasion by the U.S. government. Even though the secret account holders will have a chance to appeal the release of their information before the Swiss Federal Administrative Court, more than three thousand American UBS clients have already come forward as part of the voluntary disclosure program.
The United States government has plans to prosecute those individuals whose names are revealed by UBS but who do not disclose their accounts by October 15th. The IRS announced that there will be no extensions to this deadline.
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