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Brager Tax Law Group Obtains Over 6,500 Pages in Freedom of Information Act Request for Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program Documents

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 12, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Dennis Brager, founder of the Brager Tax Law Group, received 6,500 document pages from the Internal Revenue Service as a result of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Request he filed on behalf of the TaxProblemAttorney Blog.com which is published by the Brager Tax Law Group. The information requested included material used in training IRS personnel in the Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program (OVDP), determining Program penalties and instructing IRS employees on the Program. The OVDP is for those individuals who have failed to file an FBAR (Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts Report) form with the IRS, or failed to report income from offshore activities. The OVDP provides for a 27.5 percent penalty, but there are other options applicable to certain taxpayers which may provide additional relief.

"The OVDP is a complicated program with myriad, and sometimes conflicting, rules," Brager points out. "The interpretation of those rules is left in the hands of individual revenue agents whose decisions are reviewed not by the courts, but mysterious 'technical advisors' whose identities the IRS keeps secret, and with whom tax attorneys and their clients are not permitted to communicate directly." Brager continues, "We are hoping that these materials will help shed some light on how decisions are being made."

Brager initiated the FOIA request in April and received the files six months later. They arrived on a password protected CD with no particular organizational structure. The entire trove of thousands of pages is posted on the Brager website at http://bit.ly/10T42yy.

"We are still making our way through this vast repository of documents, but unfortunately the response appears to be incomplete, and many documents have been redacted," states Brager. "It may be necessary to file suit to obtain the rest of the documents."

Based in Los Angeles, but with a worldwide client base, the Brager Tax Law Group is a tax litigation and tax controversy law firm, which represents clients with tax disputes with the IRS, the California Franchise Tax Board (FTB), the State Board of Equalization (SBE) and the Employment Development Department (EDD). All of the firm's tax lawyers were former trial attorneys with the IRS. The Brager Tax Law Group has worked with hundreds of clients with unreported offshore accounts who want to resolve their tax problems with the least possible exposure to criminal and civil tax penalties.

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Source:Brager Tax Law Group