The IRS claims that hiding money overseas is one of the top 12 dirty tax scams. According to IRS Commissioner Doug Shulman's press release:
"Illegal scams can lead to significant penalties and interest and possible criminal prosecution. The IRS Criminal Investigation Division works closely with the Department of Justice to shutdown scams and prosecute the criminals behind them."
But what about the majority of people that simply didn't know that disclosing offshore accounts is even a thing? There is a way out of this dilemma using one of the Offshore Disclosure Programs.