Whether an account is reportable for FBAR purposes can sometimes be a relatively complicated question. It is true that it is easy to see that a foreign bank and investment accounts should be reported on the FBAR as long as all other requirements are met. It is also well-established that a gold bullion account is reportable for FBAR purposes.
What about foreign PayPal accounts? This question has arisen in the past with some of my clients. On the other one hand, PayPal describes itself as a payment system; on the other hand, the account holder does own the funds within the account – i.e. the account holder has a present-interest value on the account that can be easily withdrawn from the account.
This is why the IRS considers a foreign PayPal account as a reportable account for the FBAR purposes. In fact, whenever I asked the IRS this question with respect to my clients, this determination has been confirmed by the IRS.
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If you have any questions with respect to the FBAR, you want to find out whether you have reportable accounts, or you wish to file your delinquent FBARs and you do not know how to approach it correctly, contact Sherayzen Law Office for legal assistance. Our experienced FBAR tax firm will help you deal with all of your FBAR issues in a professional, efficient, and effective manner.