IRS streamlined procedures: Amnesty for back taxes

Need to take care of past tax returns? Now we have two ways to take the stress and worry out of catching up: by filing taxes yourself with our easy-to-use software or by letting one of our tax experts handle it for you.

Get your U.S. taxes back on track with Streamlined Filing Compliance Procedures

Many expats don't realize they're required to file a tax return or FBAR every year. Fortunately, the IRS offers an amnesty program for expats who haven't filed taxes in three years or more. If you qualify, you may be able to reduce or eliminate penalties The tax experts here at H&R Block have special expertise on the IRS' streamlined procedures and we're ready to help you get caught up-whether that's on your own or with the help of one of our trusted tax advisors.


You can qualify for IRS tax amnesty if:

  1. You’ve lived in a foreign country for at least 330 days during one of the last three years and not maintained a U.S. residence.
  2. You confirm that your failure to file U.S. tax returns and FBAR was due to an honest misunderstanding of your responsibilities.

Our tax experts are
IRS compliance experts, too

Wondering how to apply for IRS tax amnesty? Leave the details to us. It's simple to file using our
DIY service, or you can let one of our knowledgeable tax advisors guide you through the process of
compiling and reporting multiple years of tax returns and FBARs. With years of experience, we'll
put you in good standing with the IRS. And, put your mind at ease.

Frequently asked questions

Form 14653, this is a form you sign to certify that you’re eligible for the program, that you’ve filed the appropriate FBARs and that you were genuinely unaware of your filing obligation.

This can typically take up to 6 weeks. Some of time needed may be for our tax advisors to prepare the previous year returns, but in many cases additional time is needed for you (the taxpayer) to gather the appropriate records from current and previous employers, financial institutions and other institutions.

No, it’s better that your initial contact with the IRS is your completed streamlined package.

Yes, there are a few: If the IRS has contacted you first (initiated a civil examination), if you willfully/knowingly failed to file, or you’ve made a submission to the OVDP.

With H&R Block Expat, you can get caught up on back taxes DIY or with an expert. Our File with an Advisor service for past-due returns includes a tax consultation and provides assistance assembling and mailing your IRS Streamlined packet. If you prefer to DIY your filings, we'll guide you through the steps and even review your return while you're in the driver's seat to assemble and mail in your paperwork