If you failed to file FBARs for one or more tax years, you have several options for correcting your noncompliance. The best option for your situation will depend on many factors, and you should consult a tax attorney before choosing an offshore disclosure method.
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Category: Offshore Accounts
A failure to file FBARs and Form 8938 can result in numerous civil tax penalties. Criminal penalties are also a possibility, which could result in jail time.
U.S. law requires that all taxpayers pay taxes on any foreign income or assets they have. This extends to anyone who is required to file taxes in the United States; it is not limited to U.S. citizens. Many people are not aware of this and subsequently fail to file and pay taxes on their… Read more »
The miscellaneous offshore penalty under the Streamlined Procedures is five percent of the highest aggregate account balance during the disclosure period. A number of factors can influence exactly how this penalty will be calculated in your case.
The Streamlined Procedures offer a cost-effective method of disclosing unreported offshore accounts for many taxpayers. The penalties are generally much lower than those required under the Offshore Disclosure Program, but there are several requirements a taxpayer must meet to qualify for the Streamlined Procedures.