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Shannon Retzke Smith, Partner with Withersworldwide, to Speak at The Knowledge Group’s The New and Updated Voluntary Disclosure Program: Significant Considerations

Shannon Retzke Smith, Partner with Withersworldwide, to Speak at The Knowledge Group’s The New and Updated Voluntary Disclosure Program: Significant Considerations for Taxpayers.

New York, NY, March 13, 2019 --( The Knowledge Group/The Knowledge Congress Live Webcast Series, the leading producer of regulatory focused webcasts, has announced today that Shannon Retzke Smith, Partner with Withersworldwide, will speak at The Knowledge Group’s webcast entitled: “The New and Updated Voluntary Disclosure Program: Significant Considerations for Taxpayers.” This event is scheduled for March 28, 2019 from 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm, Eastern Time.

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About Shannon Retzke Smith

Shannon is a partner in the private client and tax team.

She represents clients in sensitive tax matters, many of which involve negotiations with government agencies. Shannon provides clients with advice on a broad range of tax, trust, estate, and business planning issues. Her work involves planning for wealthy US and international families, with particular emphasis on planning for closely held businesses. Shannon’s planning work for clients involves a range of matters, from creating tax-efficient wealth transfer structures to addressing income tax issues arising from investments and operating businesses. She has advised prominent politicians, business people and well known athletes. She is known globally as one of the go-to attorneys for individuals with US tax or reporting issues and has represented clients from over 20 countries in the last year.

She is an experienced tax controversy attorney who assists clients in resolving high-stakes, complex tax controversies. Her clients include individuals, corporations, and partnerships facing federal or state tax liability. With her extensive income tax planning background coupled with her understanding of the tax controversy process, Shannon develops strategic responses and solutions with a goal to resolve a client’s matter privately at the earliest possible point while securing the best possible result.

In addition to the traditional tax controversies, such as representing clients in an audit, she has extensive experience in advising clients on issues regarding foreign bank account reporting (FBAR) obligations, the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA), and the Internal Revenue Service’s 2009 Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program, 2011 Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Initiative, 2012 Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program, 2014 Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program, Streamlined Filing Procedure and other means of resolving US income and reporting deficiencies. Shannon has represented hundreds of U.S. taxpayers with undisclosed foreign bank accounts.

About Withersworldwide

Founded over 100 years ago, Withers is a leading international law firm for global businesses, their equity and debt stakeholders, and the executives who manage them. The firm is one of the largest tax law firms in the world and consists of over 160 partners supported by more than 1,000 people across 18 strategically located international offices.

With an unrivalled team of more than 150 personal and corporate tax lawyers, Withers is always ready to assist in domestic and international tax planning. Our advice is knowledgeable, reliable and solution-focused. We excel in solving cross-border and multi-jurisdictional problems. We work with a broad range of successful individuals, families and companies on their interests in more than 100 countries. Our private clients include entrepreneurs, artists, athletes and city professionals. We advise families who have held wealth for generations, and individuals who have received an unexpected ‘windfall’. Corporate clients include many household names amongst fashion brands, financial services firms and hotel and hospitality companies.

Whatever your situation, we can help with your tax planning, when necessary consulting with leading colleagues in areas such as trusts, wealth planning, immigration and employment. Each situation is different, but as a firm established more than a century ago, we can draw on a wealth of previous cases when assessing new ones.


Following the termination of the Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program (OVDP), the IRS issued new Voluntary Disclosure Practice (VCP) procedures in November 2018. The revised VCP practice is applicable to domestic and offshore voluntary disclosures. Significant changes include modifications on tax return filing, penalties imposed, and disclosure period. Counsel, therefore, must have an in-depth understanding of these recent amendments to be able to mitigate potential risks involved in considering voluntary disclosure.

In this live Webcast, a seasoned panel of thought leaders and professionals brought together by The Knowledge Group will provide an in-depth analysis of the fundamentals as well as recent developments surrounding the new and updated voluntary disclosure program. Speakers will also present the significant issues taxpayers and counsel must consider before filing for voluntary disclosure.

Some of the major topics that will be covered in this course are:

- The New Voluntary Disclosure Practice: An Overview
- Updates and Emerging Issues
- Risks and Opportunities
- Issues to Consider Before Filing
- Best Compliance Practices and Strategies

About The Knowledge Group/The Knowledge Congress Live Webcast Series

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