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Consider these 10 rules for Filing FBAR:
1. World wide income must be reported on your US tax return if you are US resident. IRS definition of US resident includes any one who stays here for more then 183 days and are filing 1040 Return. These does include H1, L1, Green Card holders, Citizen, Dual citizens. If you have an interest in a foreign bank or financial account you must check “yes” (on Schedule B). This is true even if you live outside the U.S. or pay foreign taxes on your foreign income.
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2. FBARs Too. All U.S. persons with foreign bank accounts exceeding $10,000 at any time during the year must file an FBAR by each June 30. These includes following kinds of assets
* Bank Account
* Stocks/Demat Accounts
* Mutual Fund
* Life Insurance Policy
* Join Accounts with Parents, Siblings or any one.
* Rental Propert Value or any other income producing Asset.
3. New Form. Now with your tax return, you may also need to file an IRS Form 8938 to report your foreign accounts and assets. See IRS Form 8938 Or FBAR? and More On IRS Form 8938 vs. FBAR.
4. There Are Big Penalties. Failures can be considered tax evasion and fraud. The criminal statute of limitations is six years. Plus, the statute of limitations never expires on civil tax fraud.
5. FBAR Penalties Are Worse. The penalty for failing to file an FBAR is $10,000 for each non-willful violation. If willful, the penalty is the greater of $100,000 or 50 percent of the amount in the account for each violation. Each year you didn’t file is a separate violation. See Despite FATCA, FBAR Penalties Still Under Fire.
6. You Can Even Go To Jail. Tax evasion can carry a prison term of up to five years and a fine of up to $250,000. Filing a false return can mean up to three years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000. Failing to file a tax return can mean a one year prison term and a fine of up to $100,000. Failing to file FBARs can be criminal too with monetary penalties up to $500,000 and prison for up to ten years. See IRS May Find “Innocent” FBAR Violation Willful.
7. Voluntary Disclosure Is Still An Option. If you admit your failures to the IRS and say you want to make it right, you’ve made a “voluntary disclosure.” You will pay back taxes and penalties but not be prosecuted. See Revised IRS Voluntary Disclosure Practice.
8. “Quiet Disclosures” Are Discouraged. A “quiet” disclosure is a correction of past tax returns and FBARs without drawing attention to what you are doing. The IRS warns against it. See “Quiet” Foreign Account Disclosure Not Enough.
9. Prospective Compliance Only Is Risky. Can you start filing complete tax returns and FBARs prospectively, but not try to fix the past? Maybe, but the risk is that your past non-compliance will be noticed and it may then be too late to make a voluntary disclosure.
10. Disclosure Is The Key. You can have money and investments anywhere in the world as long as you disclose your foreign accounts. When in doubt, disclose. See IRS Form 8938 Or FBAR? There’s widespread confusion, misinformation and noncompliance.