If you miss the April 15 FBAR filing deadline, you’ll receive an automatic six-month filing extension. For delinquent FBARs from prior tax years, you should use one of the offshore disclosure methods to file your late FBARs.
If you’re having tax problems
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.
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.
You have three major option for filing Foreign Bank Account Reports (FBARs) for previous tax years. The best option for you will depend on the specific facts of your case, such as: Whether you failed to report foreign income during the tax years in question. Whether your failure to file was willful or non-willful…. Read more »
If you had a financial interest in or signature authority over foreign accounts exceeding $10,000, you need to file a Foreign Bank Account Report (FBAR). An unfiled FBAR can lead to a $10,000 penalty for non-willful violations and much higher penalties for willful violations.
If you move overseas to retire or for other reasons, you’ll still need to stay on top of your U.S. tax obligations. That’s because the United States uses a citizenship-based taxation regime, unlike some other countries that tax income based on where it’s earned or where you live. Be aware of the following tax issues… Read more »
According to the IRS, the US loses several billions of dollars every year as a consequence of individuals who either hide or fail to report their offshore revenue or foreign earnings. Offshore tax fraud or tax evasion is a crime if it is determined to have been committed willfully and one can face certain penalties… Read more »
Do you have Foreign Income? In case you have foreign income or assets, you might be under an obligation to file a Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts (FBAR) disclosing your assets and income to the IRS. The FBAR filing requirements specifically apply to US taxpayers with financial interest in, or signature authority over… Read more »
FATCA Letters Don’t Discriminate At only 8 months old, Canadian-American Baby Elle has had to learn the hard way just how unforgiving the American global tax code system can be to those living/working outside the U.S. Less than a year old, and Baby Elle has already received a Foreign Account Tax Compliance ACT (FATCA) letter regarding… Read more »
Don’t Be Turned Down for Streamlined Procedures When Trying to Resolve FBAR Reporting Problems If you are thinking about enrolling in the Streamlined Domestic Offshore Procedures (SDOP) or Streamlined Foreign Offshore Procedures (SFOP) in order to resolve delinquent or unresolved FBAR reporting, you will need to be ready to write your “complete story.” That’s because… Read more »