MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Anyone who has been trying to avoid paying Alabama taxes by using hidden, offshore bank accounts is going to get leniency from the state government if they come forward soon.

Alabama Revenue Commissioner Tim Russell says individuals and businesses that voluntarily disclose their hidden assets and pay all back taxes plus interest will not be assessed any penalties or face criminal prosecution from the Revenue Department.

The department is giving people until Sept. 30 to report any hidden account, file past-due tax returns or amended returns, and properly report their tax liabilities.

Russell says the federal government had a similar program last year that was successful.

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