If you have money in foreign bank accounts, you are not immune from disclosing that information to the IRS. The Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) requires foreign financial institutions and other non-financial foreign entities to report foreign assets held by U.S. account holders. Individuals are also required to report their foreign financial accounts… Read more »
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Category: Streamlined Compliance Procedures
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.