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FBAR and Form 8938 Assistance Provided by Treasury

There are a multitude of information returns that United States taxpayers may need to file if they own foreign assets or have foreign investments. Two of these forms are the FBAR (Foreign Bank Account Report) and Form 8938...more

FBAR Update

The Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts (FBAR) can no longer be filed on TDF 90-22.1, and must be e-filed on Form 114. This alert summarizes developments involving FBAR e-filing and signature authority. They are...more

FBAR E-Filing and Signature Authority: What You Need to Know

Much has been written about the IRS's dogged pursuit of taxpayers with unreported foreign accounts. These accounts are reported on the Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts (FBAR) when a taxpayer has a financial...more

California Man Pleads Guilty to Hiding Money in Israeli Banks

Tax Analysts Tax Notes is reporting that Aaron Cohen of Encino, Calif., pleaded guilty today in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California to conspiracy to defraud the United States....more

U.S. Department of Treasury Mandates E-Filing of FBAR

Any Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts (IRS Form TD F 90-22.1), the so-called “FBAR,” filed on or after July 1, 2013, must be submitted electronically. Any U.S. citizen or U.S. resident with more than $10,000 U.S....more

FinCEN Introduces New Form For Authorizing FBAR Filing By Spouses And Third Parties

On July 29, FinCEN released a new form for filers who submit Reports of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts (FBARs) jointly with spouses, or who wish to submit them via third-party preparers. ...more

Willful Blindness-the Ostrich syndrome

Often taxpayer’s will claim that the did not know of their obligation to file a Report of Foreign Bank or Financial Account known as an FBAR. When pressed the fact pattern often begins with a statement like my tax advisor...more

Mandatory Electronic Filing for FBARs Effective July 1, 2013.

June 30, 2013 is the filing due date for 2012 “FBARs,” also known as Form TD F 90-22.1, Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts. If there is a non-willful failure to file, the penalties are up to $10,000. If there is...more

Foreign Banks Subject to U.S. Law

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has made it clear that it will continue an aggressive practice of prosecuting foreign banks and bank personnel that have materially aided U.S. taxpayers in hiding money offshore. The most...more

As Foreign Banks May Disclose U.S. Depositors, Foreign Account Holders Should Consider IRS OVDI Program

In December, Bank Leumi le-Israel BM issued a letter notifying its U.S. account holders about the IRS Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Initiative (the OVDI). The IRS OVDI is a type of amnesty program under which U.S. citizens...more

Must You Produce Records of Offshore Accounts?

A Petition to the U.S.Supreme Court may result in the Court deciding whether a taxpayer who has a previously unreported foreign financial account must produce records of the account in a criminal proceeding in spite of the...more

FBAR Filing Deadline Further Extended to June 30, 2014 for Certain Employees and Officers with Signature Authority Over Foreign...

Generally, each U.S. person who has a financial interest in, or signature authority over, one or more foreign financial accounts during a calendar year is required to report those accounts to the Internal Revenue Service...more

FinCEN Extends FBAR Filing Deadline

On December 26, FinCEN issued Notice 2012-2 to extend the deadline for certain filers to submit the Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts (FBAR). FinCEN has extended this deadline several times in the past and the...more

FinCEN Announces Third Extension for Certain FBAR Filers

Certain individuals having only signature authority over foreign financial accounts now have until June 30, 2014, to file the Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts. ...more

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