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The IRS-Panama Papers - Money Laundering and IRS Offshore Tax Evasion: Criminal Matters, IRS Civil Tax Audits/Statute of Limitations

 
The IRS-Panama Papers - Money Laundering and IRS Offshore Tax Evasion: Criminal Matters, IRS Civil Tax Audits/Statute of Limitations

“The IRS often requests a statute extension if the statute will soon expire. If the statute is not extended the IRS will assess tax which can be a bad result (i.e. the tax is due) but have a good benefit (i.e. the audit is then terminated with no further tax disallowance issues to be raised by the auditor) with the taxpayer entitled to file a Notice of Protest and seek an IRS administrative appeal (to a separate division of the IRS/Appeals) without paying tax and no IRS tax lien filed or IRS collection instituted on the assessed tax (i.e. no IRS levy).

The only exception would be a jeopardy assessment if the IRS considers tax collection to be "at risk" (i.e. the Taxpayer hides assets, flees the US et al.) the IRS may seize the Taxpayer assets under a levy, "freezing these assets" pending resolution of the audit assessment.

Taxpayers who elect to file amended tax returns face the following statute of limitations issues:

1. The amended tax return/claim for refund must filed within 3 years of the filing of the original tax returns”

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Our author, Gary S. Wolfe, has more than 34 years of experience, specializing in IRS Tax Audits and International Tax Planning/Tax Compliance, and International Asset Protection.

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