The increased emigration to Texas of foreigners and Americans from other states resulted in a higher portion of Texans with undisclosed foreign assets. The vast majority of these Texans are non-willful with respect to their prior reporting noncompliance and, once they discover their prior noncompliance, they look for professional help resolve their US tax noncompliance through Streamlined Domestic Offshore Procedures – i.e. they look for a Texas streamlined disclosure lawyer. In this essay, I explain who should be included within the definition of a Texas streamlined disclosure lawyer.
Texas Streamlined Disclosure Lawyer: International Tax Lawyer
It is important to understand that an offshore voluntary disclosure of noncompliance concerning foreign assets and foreign income generated by these assets falls within a specific sub-area of US international tax law. In other words, an offshore voluntary disclosure is part of US international tax law. This means that, when you are looking for a lawyer who can help you with Streamlined Domestic Offshore Procedures, you are searching for an international tax lawyer.
Texas Streamlined Disclosure Lawyer: Voluntary Disclosure Expertise
Not every international tax lawyer, however, is able to conduct the necessary legal analysis required to successfully complete an offshore voluntary disclosure, including Streamlined Domestic Offshore Procedures. Only a lawyer who has developed expertise in a very narrow sub-field of offshore voluntary disclosures within US international tax law will be fit for this job.
This means that you are looking for an international tax lawyer who specializes in offshore voluntary disclosure and who is familiar with the various offshore voluntary disclosure options. Offshore voluntary disclosure options include: SDOP (Streamlined Domestic Offshore Procedures), SFOP (Streamlined Foreign Offshore Procedures), DFSP (Delinquent FBAR Submission Procedures), DIIRSP (Delinquent International Information Return Submission Procedures), VDP (IRS Voluntary Disclosure Practice) and Reasonable Cause disclosures. Each of these options has it pros and cons, which may have tremendous legal and tax (and, in certain cases, even immigration) implications for your case.
Texas Streamlined Disclosure Lawyer: Geographical Location Does Not Matter
While the expertise and experience in offshore voluntary disclosures are highly important in choosing your international tax lawyer, the geographical location (i.e. the city where the lawyer resides) does not matter. The reason for it is also very simple and I already stated it above: offshore voluntary disclosure options were all created by the IRS and form part of US international (i.e. federal) law; the local Texan law has no connection whatsoever to the SDOP (even though the mailing address for the SDOP voluntary disclosure package is in Texas).
This means that you are not limited to Texas when you are looking for a lawyer who can help you with your streamlined disclosure. Any international tax lawyer who specializes in this field may be able to help you, irrespective of whether this lawyer resides in Texas or Minnesota.
Moreover, the development of modern means of communications has pretty much eliminated any communication advantages that a lawyer in Texas might have had in the past over the out-of-state lawyers. This is especially true in today’s world where the pandemic greatly reduced the number of face-to-face meetings.
Sherayzen Law Office May Be Your Texas Streamlined Disclosure Lawyer
Sherayzen Law Office, Ltd. is a highly-experienced international tax law firm that specializes in all types of offshore voluntary disclosures, including SDOP, SFOP, DFSP, DIIRSP, VDP and Reasonable Cause disclosures. Our professional tax team, led by attorney Eugene Sherayzen, has successfully helped our US clients around the globe, including in Texas, with the preparation and filing of their Streamlined Domestic Offshore Procedures disclosure. We can help you!
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