Streamlined Domestic Offshore Procedures Lawyer: 2024 SDOP Eligibility Requirements

The introduction of the Streamlined Domestic Offshore Procedures (SDOP) in 2014 meant that the IRS finally recognized that there was a very large number of U.S. taxpayers who were non-willful with respect to their inability to comply with numerous obscure complex requirements of U.S. tax laws.  Since 2014, SDOP has been a highly successful voluntary disclosure option that I predict will remain as popular in 2024.  For this reason, in this short article, I will review the main six 2024 SDOP eligibility requirements.

2024 SDOP Eligibility Requirements: US Taxpayer

The first main requirement to be able to utilize SDOP is that the applicant is a US taxpayer. In the context of SDOP, this term is equivalent to a US tax resident.  This means that he should be one of the following: a U.S. citizen, U.S. lawful permanent resident, or he must have met the substantial presence test.

The substantial presence test is outlined in 26 U.S.C. 7701(b)(3). In general, under 26 U.S.C. §7701(b)(3), an individual meets the substantial presence test if the sum of the number of days on which such individual was present in the United States during the current year and the 2 preceding calendar years (when multiplied by the applicable multiplier) equals or exceeds 183 days.

2024 SDOP Eligibility Requirements: Not Eligible for SFOP

The second requirement to participate in SFOP is that the taxpayer fails to meet the non-residency requirements of Streamlined Foreign Offshore Procedures (SFOP). I describe the non-residency requirements of SFOP in detail in this article.

What happens if spouses file a joint tax return and one of the spouses fails the non-residency requirement but the other spouse meets it? In this case, both spouses are still eligible to participate in the SDOP.

2024 SDOP Eligibility Requirements: US Tax Returns Filed

In order to participate in SDOP, the taxpayer must have previously filed a US tax return (if required) for each of the most recent three years for which the US tax return due date (or properly applied for extended due date) has passed.  In other words, a taxpayer cannot file a late original tax return as part of SDOP; he can only amend the returns that were already filed.

2024 SDOP Eligibility Requirements: Foreign Income and Information Return Violations

Another important eligibility requirement for SDOP is that the taxpayer must have failed to report foreign income and pay US taxes on it AND may have failed to file FBAR and/or and/or one or more international information returns (e.g. Forms 3520, 3520-A, 5471, 5472, 8938, 926, and 8621) with respect to the foreign financial asset that generated the foreign income.  In other words, foreign income reporting violation is crucial for the SDOP participation.

2024 SDOP Eligibility Requirements: Non-Willfulness

This is the most important and most critical eligibility requirement to the participation in the Streamlined Domestic Offshore Procedures. The taxpayer’s violations of the applicable US international tax requirements must be non-willful.

The non-willful nature of violations must apply to everything: the failures to report the income from a foreign financial asset, pay tax as required by US tax law, file FBARs and file other international information returns (such as Forms 3520, 3520-A547154728938926, and 8621). If the failure to file the FBAR and any other information returns was willful, the participation in the Streamlined Domestic Offshore Procedures is not likely to be possible.

2024 SDOP Eligibility Requirements: SDOP Participation Must Be Timely

Finally, the fifth SDOP eligibility requirement is that the participating taxpayer is not subject to an IRS civil examination or an IRS criminal investigation, irrespective of whether the examination/investigation is related to undisclosed foreign financial assets or involves any of the years subject to the voluntary disclosure. If the taxpayer is already subject to such an examination/investigation, his participation in the Streamlined Domestic Offshore Procedure would not be considered timely.

Contact Sherayzen Law Office for Legal Help With Your Offshore Voluntary Disclosure

If you have undisclosed foreign accounts or any other offshore assets, contact Sherayzen Law Office for professional legal help. Our experienced international tax law firm will thoroughly analyze your case, estimate your current IRS penalty exposure, and determine your eligibility for the available voluntary disclosure options, including the SDOP, SFOP and other voluntary disclosure options.

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Austin Streamlined Disclosure Lawyer | International Tax Attorney

Austin is a fast-growing city which attracts a large number of immigrants with assets in foreign countries. These assets may also generate foreign income which their owners must disclose on their US tax returns. Unfortunately many of these new residents of Austin have not correctly reported their foreign assets and foreign income to the IRS. Once they realize it, they have to grapple with a fact that their noncompliance may have exposed them to large IRS penalties. Since the majority of these persons are non-willful in their prior noncompliance, they naturally seek help from an Austin streamlined disclosure lawyer to participate in Streamlined Domestic Offshore Procedures (SDOP) or Streamlined Foreign Offshore Procedures (SFOP), but they do not fully know what the term “Austin streamlined disclosure lawyer” truly means.

In this essay, I will explore the definition of an Austin streamlined disclosure lawyer and explain why out-of-state lawyers and law firms, such as Sherayzen Law Office, should be included in the definition of this term.

Austin Streamlined Disclosure Lawyer: International Tax Attorney

From the outset, It is important to understand that all voluntary disclosures, including the Streamlined options, form part of US international tax law, because these options deal with US international tax compliance concerning foreign assets and foreign income. The knowledge that SDOP and SFOP are part of US international tax law makes you better understand what kind of a lawyer you are looking for when you search for a Austin streamlined disclosure lawyer. In reality, when you are seeking help with the SDOP and SFOP filings, you are searching for an international tax attorney.

Austin Streamlined Disclosure Lawyer: Specialty in Offshore Voluntary Disclosures

As I stated above, SDOP and SFOP form part of a very specific sub-area of offshore voluntary disclosures. This means that not every international tax attorney would be able to conduct the necessary legal analysis required to successfully complete an offshore voluntary disclosure, including Streamlined Domestic Offshore Procedures and Streamlined Foreign 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 attorney 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), IRS 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.

Austin 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 lives and works) does not matter. I already hinted at why this is the case above: offshore voluntary disclosure options were all created by the IRS and form part of US international (i.e. federal) law. In other words, the local law has no relation whatsoever to the SDOP and SFOP.

This means that you are not limited to Austin 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 Austin or Minnesota.

Moreover, the development of modern means of communications has pretty much eliminated any communication advantages that a lawyer in Austin might have had in the past over the out-of-state lawyers. This is especially true in our today’s world where the pandemic greatly reduced the number of face-to-face meetings.

Sherayzen Law Office May Be Your Austin 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 Austin, with the preparation and filing of their Streamlined Domestic Offshore Procedures disclosure. We can help you!

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