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Amnesty Programs for Your Foreign Bank Accounts

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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 foreign assets.  Failing to do so can result in penalties from the IRS.

Fortunately, if you fail to report foreign accounts to the IRS, there are several amnesty programs available to help minimize penalties.

Learn more about these amnesty programs and how a tax attorney can help you reduce your penalties.


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Penalties for Not Disclosing Foreign Accounts to the IRS

Not reporting foreign accounts and assets to the IRS can result in penalties and fines.  In severe cases, the IRS can assess a taxpayer with felony tax evasion charges.  In other cases, the agency can impose fines.  These can be $100,000 per year or 50% of the highest account balance for every year the accounts were not disclosed.

Streamlined Filing Compliance Procedures

If you fail to report foreign accounts to the IRS, one option to avoid penalties is through the Streamlined Filing Compliance Procedures.  These are available to taxpayers who did not knowingly fail to report foreign accounts or assets.

These procedures allow taxpayers to:

To be eligible for the streamlined procedures – both for non-U.S. residents and U.S. residents — you must meet certain criteria.  The main requirement is to show the taxpayer unwilfully failed to report foreign accounts and assets.  Other criteria includes:

Delinquent FBAR Submission Procedures

Another option to resolve unreported foreign accounts are the Delinquent FBAR Submission Procedures.  These procedures are open to you if:

If you file a delinquent FBAR, the IRS will not impose a penalty if you properly reported the foreign accounts on your U.S. tax returns and paid taxes on the income.

Contact a tax attorney to help navigate how to apply for and submit the procedures.

Delinquent International Information Return Submission Procedures

Another option to avoid penalties for undisclosed foreign accounts is through Delinquent International Information Return Submission Procedures.  The main requirement for these procedures is to have unwilfully failed to disclose foreign accounts.

Other requirements include:

Contact Ayar Law

If you have unreported foreign accounts and assets, call Ayar Law at 800-571-7175 to receive free, no-obligation legal advice from one of our qualified and experienced senior tax attorneys.