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by: Anthony Parent 2013-10-25
We are fortunate that so many of our great clients are kind enough to share what their offshore disclosure experience has been like. Here are a few Offshore Disclosure and FBAR Amnesty success stories we have been told to share.
During my first call with the IRSMedic I was impressed with their level of knowledge and understanding. But I decided that I wanted a local OVDP attorney for my FBAR Amnesty instead. Well, after months of wasted time and wasted money and getting nowhere, I called to see if IRSMedic would still take my case. Luckily my previous attorney didn't make too much of a mess of things (I really don't think he did too much at all). I wish the IRS was not as stupid as they are, and I would hate to have to deal with them one-on-one. Even though this was an uncomfortable situation and something I would have preferred I would not have to do, I'm glad its finally over and I am glad I had IRSMedic on my side.
"IRS Medic represented me in a legal matter, and I had a very pleasant experience in dealing with their staff and attorneys. At the very first meeting Attorney Anthony Parent addressed all my concerns, and resolved my anxiety by providing me the right path forward. Throughout the process he had always been very friendly and made time available to answer my questions. The attorneys was extremely prompt in the follow up with the agency and quickly responded back to my queries from time to time. My case manager, Elaine Gaffney, and all other staff are very cordial and professional in approach. This law firm keeps current and updated on laws and information and seems to have good reputation with the agency. They successfully completed my legal matter and I am very grateful to them for that.
"By the time I learned of the OVDI program in 2009, I was getting a funny feeling that the jig might me up. I didn't want everyone at my regular law firm to know my business, so I found Attorney Parent online. I actually didn't plan on going through the program -- we ran the figures and it would cost me $3 million to comply. But he convinced me --- or maybe I convinced myself. It was a gut decision. The process was a little bumpy, and writing that check was one memorable experience.
But here's the kicker, in 2011, my 21 year old daughter was in trouble and gave birth to my first grandson. We were estranged for a while, but now she really needed me, and I saw it as a opportunity to make up for some of the things I wished I had a chance to. To tell you the truth, since I wrote the check to the IRS in 2010, I forgot all about those worries. There's a saying about a fool knowing the the price of everything and the value of nothing. As I am writing this, my grandson is napping while my daughter went to pick up some things for dinner. And I'm smiling because I don't feel like such a fool."
"What I liked most about IRSMedic is that they seemed to know exactly what I was thinking and were really easy to talk to. They never made me feel stupid, and as strange as it sounds actually got me to laugh a lot during this process. I liked how they explained things so it was easy for me to accept what I needed to do."
"I met with Attorney Parent to get a second opinion. I was worried that my current attorney wasn't doing a good job. They looked at my case, and explained to me what was going on. And that as far as they could tell, my attorney was actually doing the right thing when it came to mt penalty calculations. I really appreciated their honesty. Because Anthony did such a wonderful job explaining the process to me and what would be happening, I felt comfortable keeping my own attorney. Although I wish he could communicate like IRSmedic.
"I am very happy I entered into the OVDP program and I am very happy I hired Parent & Parent LLP."
"I decided not to enter into the OVDI program. But I really appreciate the time Attorney Hanson gave me. He understood my sensitive position and didn't try to talk me into doing something I wasn't comfortable with. He gave me the information I needed. He is very friendly and knowledgeable."
"Throughout the entire process, I could not believe how unprofessional the IRS acted. Each time, Attorney Parent never took it personally. He has a really thick skin and seems to anticipate each stupid move the IRS would make. He was right every time. It was a relief knowing I had a pro on my case, I was totally at ease."
Identities and certain facts have been changed to protect the identities of clients. These stories aren’t intended to be a promise of how your case will turn out. All facts are different, and, outside of court, approval of the final resolution is up to the IRS. Additionally, the IRS may change the terms of the Offshore Disclosure programs at any time.