The most dangerous information report – the Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts (the “FBAR”) – is due at the end of this month. The 2013 FBAR (i.e. the FBAR for the calendar year 2013) is due on June 30, 2014.
Pursuant to the Bank Secrecy Act, 31 U.S.C. §5311 et seq., the Department of Treasury (the “Treasury”) has established certain recordkeeping and filing requirements for United States persons with financial interests in or signature authority (and other comparable authority) over financial accounts maintained with financial institutions in foreign countries. If you had such a situation in 2013 and if the aggregate balances of such foreign accounts exceed $10,000 at any time during 2013, the 2013 FBAR must be filed with the Treasury.
What constitutes an account for the purpose of complying with 2013 FBAR can be a complex question. Generally, the IRS is using a very broad definition of the “account” to include the great majority of custodial situations, even those that are not usually associated with the concept of an “account” (for example, a precious metals storage or a foreign life insurance policy may have to be reported on the 2013 FBAR). You need to contact an experienced international tax attorney to determine what accounts need to be reported on your 2013 FBAR.
The FBAR must be filed by June 30 of each relevant year, including this year (2013). Thus, the 2013 FBAR must be received by the Treasury by June 30, 2014. This rule is contrary to your regular tax returns where the mailing date determines whether the filing is timely. There are no extensions available – the 2013 FBAR must be received by June 30 or it will be considered delinquent.
If the 2013 FBAR becomes delinquent, it may be subject to severe penalties.
Contact Sherayzen Law Office for FBAR Assistance
If you have any questions or concerns regarding whether you need to file the 2013 FBAR, please contact Sherayzen Law Office directly. If you have not previous filed the FBARs and you were required to do so, you may be subject to severe penalties and you may need to do some form of a voluntary disclosure.
If this is the case, you need to contact our experienced international tax law office to schedule a consultation as soon as possible. Attorney Eugene Sherayzen will assess your situation, determine your potential FBAR liability, explain the available options, prepare all of the required tax forms and the necessary legal documentation, guide you through this complex process of voluntary disclosure, and vigorously represent your interests during your negotiations with the IRS.