How to Calculate the Streamlined Domestic 5% Penalty

How to Calculate the Streamlined Domestic 5% Penalty

How to Calculate the 5% Penalty for Streamlined Domestic 

How to Calculate the Streamlined Domestic 5% Penalty: The Streamlined Domestic Offshore Procedures (SDOP) is a program designed to assist U.S. taxpayers with unreported foreign accounts, assets, investments & income. SDOP is a form of FBAR Amnesty. Unlike other firms, we specialize exclusively in offshore tax matters. The 5% Penalty can be much more complex than meets the eye.

As a result, oftentimes less experienced miscalculate the penalty, subjecting the Taxpayer to an overpayment.

We have recreated the penalty computation as originally prepared by Golding & Golding.

Golding & Golding 5% Streamlined Domestic Calculation Example 

Form 14654 Penalty ExampleHow to CalculatePractice Pointer
Step 1: Evaluate your Accounts & AssetsThere are many different accounts and assets that may be included in the computation. Two of the most common are assets and accounts involving FATCA  (Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act) and FBAR (Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Account Form) *Some assets and accounts may be excluded from the penalty-base.Be sure your foreign assets and accounts are not excluded from the penalty base
Step 2: Compile 12/31 Year-End BalancesCompile the 12/31 balances on your Foreign Accounts, Insurance Policies and other 8938/FBAR qualified accounts for each year within the compliance period.The use of the December 31st helps avoid double-counting
Step 3: Select an annual exchange rate Determine the proper exchange rate for each year. There are various exchange rates you can use, such as the IRS exchange rates and Department of Treasury exchange rates.Practice Pointer: Stay consistent with the source of exchange rates you used.
Step 4: Aggregate the 12/31 balancesTotal the 12/31 balances on your previously unreported Foreign Accounts, Insurance Policies and other 8938/FBAR qualified accounts (Value of Real Estate is not included for the Streamlined Program).Be sure to only include accounts and assets that comprise the penalty base.
Step 5: Select the highest 12/31 aggregate balancePick the one-year that has the highest 12/31 balance (not highest max year balance, which is the standard for Traditional Voluntary Disclosure).The 5% Penalty is not on every year -- just the highest year.
Step 6: Multiply the aggregate balance by 5%Example: Michael's highest year 12/31 aggregate balance in the six (6) year compliance period is 2017. In 2017 his 12/31 balances totaled $2,600,000. His penalty would be $130,000.Multiple by .05 -- not .50

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Recent Case Highlights

  • We represented a client in an 8-figure disclosure that spanned 7 countries.
  • We represented a high-net-worth client to facilitate a complex expatriation with offshore disclosure.
  • We represented an overseas family with bringing multiple businesses & personal investments into U.S. tax and offshore compliance.
  • We took over a case from a small firm that unsuccessfully submitted multiple clients to IRS Offshore Disclosure.
  • We successfully completed several recent disclosures for clients with assets ranging from $50,000 – $7,000,000+.

How to Hire Experienced Offshore Counsel?

Generally, experienced attorneys in this field will have the following credentials/experience:

  • 20-years experience as a practicing attorney
  • Extensive litigation, high-stakes audit and trial experience
  • Board Certified Tax Law Specialist credential
  • Master’s of Tax Law (LL.M.)
  • Dually Licensed as an EA (Enrolled Agent) or CPA

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