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Financial Accounts Back Home? Remember to Submit FBAR by June 30!

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Many immigrants and visa holders are totally unaware (as I was until my tax accountant mentioned it), so just a friendly reminder...Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts (FBAR) is due by June 30.

All United States persons are required to file an FBAR if:

  1. the United States person had a financial interest in or signature authority over at least one financial account located outside of the United States; and
  2. the aggregate value of all foreign financial accounts exceeded $10,000.00 at any time during the calendar year reported.

http://www.irs.gov/Businesses/Small-Businesses-&-Self-Employed/Report-of-Foreign-Bank-and-Financial-Accounts-FBAR

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I think i have $3 in that account. Bet I'm safe. Lol

But this is a great reminder for people! Thank you!


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*only* if they exceed $10K at any point in the year?! Short of winning the lottery, I don't think I've ever had that in my lifetime! ;)

One less report to file down the road ;)


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True, for some people it's not an issue. But for many others who were maybe more "established" in life before coming to the US, $10K is nothing - especially when you start talking about investments, retirement plans that can't be moved, maybe a rental property back home, etc.

The main point is that no one actually tells immigrants that this is a legal requirement, so many people don't even realize they need to be reporting those accounts.

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Now... $10,000 by which exchange rate? ;)

So, even if I manage to open a bank account and transfer it all over to the US this year, I'll have to fill one in next June because for x amount of weeks/months I had over $10,000 in my British bank account in the year July 2015-June 2016?

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Now... $10,000 by which exchange rate? ;)

The US treasury publishes an exchange rate you should use.

So, even if I manage to open a bank account and transfer it all over to the US this year, I'll have to fill one in next June because for x amount of weeks/months I had over $10,000 in my British bank account in the year July 2015-June 2016?

It's for the time period Jan 1, 2015 to Dec 31, 2015. You get six months to submit your FBAR.

On Jan 1, 2016 you are entering a new year that would be reported by June 30, 2017 if you had the foreign account still in 2016.

I wasn't sure about this question and a foreign account you closed by the end of the year. So I emailed. Got the reply Monday--

Dear Sir or Madam,

If the foreign financial account exceeded $10,000 at any time during calendar year 2014, before the account was closed than there is still a reporting requirement for that timeframe.

Patricia Reed

BSA Tax Law Specialist

SB/SE BSA Compliance Department

(The same will apply to you in calendar year 2015 with your report due by June 30, 2016.)


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Fantastic, thanks.

I think my motto with all these forms will be "if in doubt, fill it out" haha


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What about joint accounts with parents?


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What about joint accounts with parents?

Read the specific rules on IRS website. But it says if you have signature authority on x, y, or z type accounts. As with everything IRS there are many types of accounts and many exceptions. You've been alerted to FBAR, so now google it and see if the shoe fits.

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