If you owe taxes to New York City, you may be eligible to join the Voluntary Disclosure and Compliance Program (VDCP). If you are accepted into VDCP, the Department of Finance will waive penalties and may not require that you file past due tax returns and make tax payments for some periods. You or your representative may contact us at any time to ask to participate in the VDCP.
If you have already been contacted by the Department of Finance for the taxes due, you are not eligible for this program. You may face penalties, interest and possible criminal prosecution in addition to owing the tax amount due if you are discovered before coming forward.
You or a representative may contact us to discuss eligibility for VDCP before filing returns to pay past due taxes. Once accepted into the VDCP, you will receive a written commitment to waive penalties and a list of the periods for which you are required to file.
Taxpayers that owe taxes to both New York City and New York State may contact the State Department of Taxation and Finance to join in the Unified Program. Under this program, you submit your request to the State and receive one agreement that covers taxes owed to both the City and the State.
Voluntary Disclosure and Compliance Program Brochure
Statement of Audit Procedure
Voluntary Disclosure #PP-2009-1rev. 5/24/12
To be eligible for the VDCP you cannot:
Note: You may participate in the program even if your tax delinquency is due to fraud or was otherwise intentional.
Please submit a written request, which may be anonymous, to:
NYC Department of Finance
TPP Division - Voluntary Disclosure and Compliance Coordinator
375 Pearl Street, 30th Floor
New York, NY 10038
The request must include the following information:
Before sending a formal written request, you may call 311 for more information. Please note that calling 311 is not a request to join the VDCP.
We will review the information you submit to verify eligibility and to determine the tax periods to be filed. If you are found eligible for the VDCP, we will issue you a Voluntary Disclosure and Compliance Agreement Letter, which usually gives you 30 days to file the requested returns.