Voluntary Disclosure Agreements
The Georgia Department of Revenue’s Voluntary Disclosure Agreement (VDA) program encourages taxpayers who have unfiled or underreported tax liabilities and have not yet been contacted by the Department to voluntarily come forward. Qualified participants will usually receive a waiver of all penalties and a limit of the length of time the taxpayer must disclose and pay previous liabilities. This length of time, called the “look-back period”, is generally three years but can be shorter or longer, depending upon a taxpayer’s particular circumstances.
To qualify for the VDA program, the taxpayer (individual or business) must:
- Submit an application form;
- Have not been contacted by the Department for enforcement purposes about that tax obligation; and
- Be compliant with all other Georgia tax obligations that will not be covered by the VDA.
Note: If the applicant is not compliant with more than one tax type, they may apply for VDAs for multiple tax types in one application. If there are other areas of noncompliance (e.g., an outstanding prior liability), these should be listed in the application and may be resolved in conjunction with the VDA.
Penalties will generally be waived for all periods included in the VDA agreement. However, interest will still be imposed on all amounts due.
The Department will normally require a look-back period for which the taxpayer will be required to pay delinquent taxes. The length of the look-back period will depend on several factors, including the nature of the taxpayer's activities and other information submitted in the application.
The look-back period will usually be for a minimum of three years for all tax types. For sales and use tax or withholding tax, the look-back period is usually thirty-six months but will be extended as far back as necessary to recover taxes that a taxpayer collected yet did not remit.
Alcohol and Tobacco Taxes and Regulatory Matters
Alcohol or Tobacco licensing, registration and tax matters are not handled by this Voluntary Disclosure Agreement program. Businesses interested in discussing alcohol- or tobacco-related matters should contact representatives of the Department’s Alcohol and Tobacco Division directly: Christopher Luncheon at Christopher.firstname.lastname@example.org, or 404-417-4868; or Michael Earnest at Michael.email@example.com, or 404-417-4850.
How to Apply
Voluntary Disclosure Unit
Georgia Department of Revenue
1800 Century Blvd, Suite 7200
Atlanta, GA 30345-3205
Please be specific in completing the application, as vagueness or ambiguity will only delay the processing of your request. Anonymous requests will be accepted as long as the request includes the name and contact information of a taxpayer representative.
If your company is involved in multistate commerce and seeks to resolve potential tax liabilities in several states, you may want to learn about the Multistate Tax Commission's (MTC) Voluntary Disclosure Program. This program provides voluntary disclosure agreements regarding prior liability in multiple U.S. states by using MTC as a single point of contact.