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Stacie Kitts, CPA Tax Partner Katherman Kitts & Co. LLP
May is almost over and June represents another big filing deadline for persons who have foreign bank accounts and investments. So here is your reminder. Your FBAR Form TD F 90-22.1 Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts is due at the IRS office – not mailed by – but received in their office by June 30. Don’t forget, the penalty for not filing this form is scary.
Also, if you are doing it yourself or hired a person who is not familiar with foreign reporting requirements, you might want to familiarize yourself with the chart below – prepared by our friendly IRS for your viewing pleasure.
The new Form 8938 Statement of Specified Foreign Assets is due with your tax return but not later than the extended due date should you decide for some crazy reason that you don’t want to file your tax return by the due date. Don’t blow this off either, as the penalty for not filing is just as scary as the FBAR.
Comparison of Form 8938 and FBAR Requirements
**Unmarried taxpayer living in the United States. If you are not married and not living abroad, you satisfy the reporting threshold only if the total value of your specified foreign financial assets is more than $50,000 on the last day of the tax year or more than $75,000 at any time during the tax year.
- More On IRS Form 8938 vs. FBAR (forbes.com)
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- Last week at my other blog: Foreign account reporting; E-file fears grow (dontmesswithtaxes.typepad.com)
- Relinquishing U.S. Citizenship (forbes.com)
FBAR Reporting Extended to November 1, 2011 For Certain Persons With Signature Authority Over Accounts Held During Years 2009 or Earlier
Notice 2011-54 provides additional administrative relief to persons whose requirement to file Form TD F 90-22.1, Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts (FBAR), to report signature authority over foreign financial accounts held during calendar year 2009 or earlier calendar years was properly deferred under Notice 2009-62, 2009-35 I.R.B. 260, or Notice 2010-23, 2010-11 I.R.B. 441.
On August 31, 2009, the Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service published Notice 2009-62, which, in part, extended the filing deadline for persons with no financial interest in a foreign financial account but with signature or other authority over that account (hereinafter referred to as “signature authority”) for the 2008 or earlier calendar years. In Notice 2010-23, the Department of the Treasury and the IRS further extended relief to persons whose filing deadline was properly deferred by Notice 2009-62 and provided a new filing deadline to June 30, 2011, to report signature authority over, but no financial interest in, foreign financial accounts for calendar year 2009 or earlier calendar years. The extensions were provided to allow the Treasury Department time to develop comprehensive FBAR guidance.
On February 24, 2011, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) published final regulations (76 FR 10234) amending the Bank Secrecy Act implementing regulations regarding FBARs, found at 31 CFR 1010.350 (formerly 31CFR 103.24). The regulations became effective on March 28, 2011, and apply to FBARs required to be filed by June 30, 2011, with respect to foreign financial accounts maintained in calendar year 2010, as well as to FBARs for subsequent calendar years.
The final regulations also provide that individuals who properly deferred their FBAR filing obligations pursuant to Notice 2010-23 may apply the provisions of the final regulations in determining their FBAR filing requirements for reports due June 30, 2011, with respect to foreign financial accounts maintained in calendar years beginning before 2010. In March 2011, the IRS released a revised FBAR form with accompanying instructions that reflect the amendments made by the final FBAR regulations.
The IRS and FinCEN recently have been informed that individuals with signature authority over, but no financial interest in, foreign financial accounts are having difficulty compiling the information needed to file complete and accurate FBARs with respect to the 2009 or earlier calendar years by the June 30, 2011 deadline, as previously extended by Notice 2009-62 or Notice 2010-23. Accordingly, the IRS and FinCEN provide the following additional administrative relief:
- Persons having signature authority over, but no financial interest in, a foreign financial account in 2009 or earlier calendar years for which the reporting deadline was extended by Notice 2009-62 or Notice 2010-23 will now have until November 1, 2011, to file FBARs with respect to those accounts.
- The deadline for reporting signature authority over, or a financial interest in, foreign financial accounts for the 2010 calendar year remains June 30, 2011.
The administrative relief provided in the Notice does not limit the relief provided in FinCEN’s Notice 2011-1, which was released on May 31, 2011, and revised on June 6, 2011. A copy of revised FinCEN Notice 2011-1 may be found at www.fincen.gov.
Additionally, the administrative relief provided in this Notice does not affect the requirements to provide information or file FBARs in connection with the IRS’s 2009 Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program or the 2011 Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Initiative. Nor does this Notice alter the deadlines for electing to participate in, or fulfilling the submission requirements of, the Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program or the Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Initiative.
EFFECT ON OTHER DOCUMENTS
Notice 2010-23 is modified and supplemented.
The principal author of the notice is Emily M. Lesniak of the Office of Associate
Chief Counsel (Procedure and Administration). For further information regarding the
Notice, you can contact Emily M. Lesniak at (202) 622-4570 (not a toll-free call).
- IRS Patrol – FBAR Filing Deadline Extended for Certain Financial Professionals (staciesmoretaxtips.wordpress.com)
- Avoiding the Foreign-Account Penalty (online.wsj.com)
WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service and the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) today announced that a small subset of individuals with only signature authority required to file the Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts (FBARs) will receive a one-year extension beyond the upcoming filing date of June 30, 2011.
FinCen today issued Notice 2011-1 that extends the deadline until June 30, 2012, for the following individuals:
- An employee or officer of a covered entity who has signature or other authority over and no financial interest in a foreign financial account of another entity more than 50 percent owned, directly or indirectly, by the entity (a “controlled person”).
- An employee or officer of a controlled person of a covered entity who has signature or other authority over and no financial interest in a foreign financial account of the entity or another controlled person of the entity.
All other U.S. persons required to file an FBAR this year are required to meet the June 30, 2011, filing date. Unlike with federal income tax returns, extensions of time to file are not available.
Today’s notice was issued to facilitate more accurate compliance of FBAR filings in the wake of recent finalization of regulations. The FBAR filing requirements, authorized under one of the original provisions of the Bank Secrecy Act, have been in place since 1972.
On Feb. 24, 2011, FinCEN published a final rule that amended the Bank Secrecy Act regarding FBARs.
The FBAR form is used to report a financial interest in, or signature or other authority over, one or more financial accounts in foreign countries.
U.S. persons are required to file FBARs Form TD F 90-22.1 annually if they have a financial interest in or signature authority over financial accounts, including bank, securities or other types of financial accounts, in a foreign country, if the aggregate value of these financial accounts exceeds $10,000 at any time during the calendar year.
- Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts (FBAR) (bespacific.com)
- Avoiding the Foreign-Account Penalty (online.wsj.com)