Taxpayers who have foreign accounts or interests that exceed $10,000 at any point during the year must submit a Foreign Ban Account Report (FBAR) through the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) website. This notifies he U.S. Treasury Department of the accounts.
Do you hold overseas banking accounts? Do your foreign accounts exceed $10,000? Have you failed to disclose foreign holdings to the IRS? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, you should seek the advice of a tax attorney to help you navigate the Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts (FBAR) laws. Otherwise,… Read more »
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 and… Read more »
You may be able to avoid paying FBAR penalties if you qualify for a delinquent FBAR submission or the Streamlined Compliance Procedures. These voluntary disclosure methods eliminate or reduce your tax penalties while getting you into reporting compliance. Key Insights We Will Discuss: The qualifications for a delinquent FBAR submission or the Streamlined Procedures. The benefits… Read more »
IRS examiners have discretion when assessing both willful and non-willful FBAR penalties. You could receive higher or lower FBAR penalties depending on the specific facts and circumstances of your case.
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 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. Executive Summary: Quiet Disclosure Streamlined Procedure Offshore Disclosure Program
Immersing yourself into different cultures overseas can be adventurous, but if you’re not careful, you could come back to the states to find yourself out of compliance with the IRS. The United States and Eritrea, a country located on the northeastern coast of Africa, are the only two countries in the world that base their… 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.
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 »