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The Knowledge Congress Has Scheduled a Live Webcast on Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program (OVDP): An Update Live Webcast

New York, NY, October 10, 2015 --( The Knowledge Group/The Knowledge Congress Live Webcast Series, the leading producer of regulatory focused webcasts, announced today that it has scheduled a live webcast entitled Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program (OVDP): An Update Live Webcast. This two-hour event is scheduled on October 28, 2015 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM ET.

Event Synopsis:

In June 2014, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) modified its Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program (OVDP) and unveiled new Streamlined Filling Compliance Procedures (SFCP). These changes provide new options for both U.S. residents and U.S. taxpayers residing overseas who need help with the U.S. tax obligations related to their offshore holdings.

Major changes to the SFCP include eliminating the requirement that taxpayers have $1,500 or less of unpaid tax per year. Also, penalties for eligible U.S. taxpayers residing overseas will be waived, and SFCP-eligible U.S. residents can qualify for a reduced 5% miscellaneous offshore penalty assessed on their offshore assets, which is much lower than the OVDP's base 27.5% penalty.

The IRS's OVDP changes include required upfront penalty payments, and all OVDP participants must now submit their foreign account statements for IRS review. And for foreign accounts at certain offshore banks, OVDP participants must now pay a 50% penalty in lieu of the base 27.5% penalty.

More than ever, U.S. residents and citizens holding offshore assets need proper legal advice to navigate the IRS's new offshore compliance labyrinth. New complexities and traps for the unwary abound.

In a two-hour live Webcast, a seasoned panel of thought leaders and professionals assembled by The Knowledge Group will offer the audience an in-depth discussion of the legal issues and latest updates in offshore compliance. The speakers will also provide noteworthy insights on how to best comply with the updated OVDP and SFCP procedures.

Key topics include:
• Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program (OVDP) - An Overview
• Modifications to the OVDP Program
• The Streamlined Filing Compliance Procedures
• Transitional Rules for OVDP Eligible Participants
• OVDP Closing Agreements
• Tax Relief for Qualified OVDP Participants
• Potential Civil and Criminal Penalties for Tax Reporting Failures

Speakers/Faculty Panel

Morris, Manning and Martin, LLP
Brian Levy

Meadows, Collier, Reed, Cousins, Crouch & Ungerman, L.L.P.

Jason Freeman


Burr & Forman LLP

Allen Sullivan Jr.

Marcum LLP

Lewis B. Kevelson


For an updated list of the faculty panel, please visit:

About The Knowledge Group/The Knowledge Congress Live Webcast Series
The Knowledge Group brings together the world's leading authorities and industry participants through informative two-hour webcasts that study the impact of changing regulations and help businesses succeed through proper regulatory compliance.

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Thomas LaPointe, Jr., Executive Director
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