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Taxpayers and technology, part 1: the IRS's automated odyssey

"2001: A Space Odyssey" was one of the most discussed movies of the 20th century. In one of its iconic scenes, a human astronaut seeks to disable a rogue computer named HAL whose original programming to serve humans had gone deeply off track.

Offshore amnesty offers, part 2: pre-clearance and opt-out

In part one of this post, we drew a contrast between participating in an IRS partial amnesty program for previously undisclosed offshore accounts and engaging in "quiet disclosure." Quiet disclosure, as we explained, involves filing amended tax returns on foreign income, as well as paying back taxes and interest. There is no guarantee, however, that quiet disclosure will go undetected in an IRS audit.

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