Hello, and welcome to Sherayzen Law Office video Blog. My name is Eugene Sherayzen and I’m an international tax attorney and owner of Sherayzen Law Office, Ltd.
Does your disclosure on Form 8938 replace the FBAR nondisclosure? That’s a question I often hear from taxpayers who come to me for help; and the answer is ‘no’. Unfortunately, just because you disclosed an account on Form 8938, that does not in any way eliminate your obligation to report the same account on Form 114 (or FBAR).
Will it help your non-willfulness case? Yes, it will but you still have to file your FBARs. You still have to disclose on your FBARs all of the foreign accounts you are required to disclose, otherwise you are on the hook for the penalties, even if they are not willful-type penalties; they may be non-willful penalties. It will depend on the particular facts and circumstances of your case.
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