Foreign Financial Account

Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act

Under the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA), U.S. taxpayers must report any financial account with an aggregate amount over $10,000 in any given calendar year. Furthermore, FATCA also requires foreign financial institutes to report information about any U.S. taxpayers holding a financial account or any foreign accounts in which U.S. taxpayers have a substantial interest. Here are a few examples of what the IRS considers to be foreign financial accounts and may need FBAR filing.

Foreign account examples:

  • Mutual funds
  • Investment accounts
  • Pension funds
  • Life insurance annuities
  • Commodity accounts
  • Swiss bank accounts
  • Foreign bank accounts
  • Foreign brokerage accounts

Beyond the standard FBAR filings of foreign financial accounts, U.S. taxpayers must also fill out IRS Form 8938 (Statement of Specified Foreign Financial Assets), if any foreign asset(s) exceed $50,000 in value, $100,000 for joint returns.  This also includes non financial assets such as land and interest in private businesses. Additional IRS forms may also be required, such as IRS Form 3520, IRS Form 3520-A, IRS Form 5471, or IRS Form 8865. PIASCIK expert tax consultants know every step necessary for you to be compliant with FATCA from opening a foreign bank account to establishing a trust for beneficiaries. PIASCIK is also knowledgeable with the exceptions to FATCA.

Exceptions include:

  • IRA beneficiaries
  • Correspondent accounts
  • Specific trust funds
  • Qualified foreign joint accounts
  • Accounts already included in a consolidated FBAR
  • Beneficiaries of specific retirement plans

With the complexities of understanding which foreign financial accounts must be reported and which are exempt from being reported, it isn't any surprise so many people seek out the expertise of PIASCIK to answer any questions about their foreign financial accounts. Even in the cases where you may not have filed appropriately, PIASCIK can help you apply for amnesty through OVDI programs to achieve compliance and reduce your chances of criminal charges. 

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