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.
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If you have overseas banking accounts, it is important to understand and if you are required to declare these accounts, and if you are, what IRS forms you need to submit.
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… 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.
Disclosing your unreported offshore accounts can give you peace of mind because you no longer have to worry about massive penalties or IRS criminal investigation. There are several reasons to act quickly and take advantage of the current IRS offshore disclosure options. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Key Insights We Will Discuss: How you can limit your tax penalties… Read more »
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.
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.