San Diego FBAR Attorney | International Tax Lawyers California

If you have foreign financial accounts and reside in San Diego (California), you would be looking for a San Diego FBAR Attorney in California. In your search, you could consider out-of-state attorneys such as Mr. Eugene Sherayzen of Sherayzen Law Office, Ltd. (“Sherayzen Law Office”). Let’s explore in more detail why this is the case.

San Diego FBAR Attorney: International Tax Attorney

First of all, it is very important to understand that, by looking for a San Diego FBAR attorney, in reality, you are looking for an international tax attorney whose specialty includes FBAR compliance.

Ever since the FBAR enforcement was turned over to the IRS (in 2001), the term FBAR attorney applies exclusively to tax attorneys.

Moreover, FBAR enforcement belongs to a very special field of US tax law – US international tax law. The reason for this is simple: FBAR is an information return concerning foreign assets and the tax compliance concerning foreign assets and foreign income belongs to US international tax law. Hence, when you look for an FBAR attorney, you are looking for an international tax attorney with a specialty in FBAR compliance.

San Diego FBAR Attorney: Out-Of-State International Tax Attorney

It is further important to note that, since you are looking for an attorney who specializes in US international tax law (i.e. a federal area of law), you do not need to limit yourself to lawyers who reside in San Diego, California. On the contrary, you could consider international tax attorneys who reside in other states and help San Diego residents with their FBAR compliance.

Sherayzen Law Office is an international tax law firm that specializes in US international tax compliance, including FBARs. While our office is in Minneapolis, Minnesota, we help taxpayers who reside throughout the United States, including San Diego, California.

San Diego FBAR Attorney: Broad Scope of Compliance

When retaining a San Diego FBAR Attorney, you should consider the fact that such an attorney’s work is not limited only to the preparation and filing of FBARs. Rather, the attorney needs to be able to deliver a variety of services and freely operate with experience and knowledge in all relevant areas of US international tax law, including the various offshore voluntary disclosure options concerning delinquent FBARs.

Moreover, as part of an offshore voluntary disclosure, an FBAR attorney often needs to amend US tax returns, properly prepare foreign financial statements according to US GAAP, correctly calculate PFICs, and complete an innumerable number of other tasks.

Contact Sherayzen Law Office If You Need A San Diego FBAR Attorney

Sherayzen Law Office has helped hundreds of US taxpayers worldwide to bring their tax affairs into full compliance with US tax laws. This work included the preparation and filing of offshore voluntary disclosures concerning delinquent FBARs. Sherayzen Law Office offers help with all kinds of offshore voluntary disclosure options, including: SDOP (Streamlined Domestic Offshore Procedures), SFOP (Streamlined Foreign Offshore Procedures), DFSP (Delinquent FBAR Submission Procedures), DIIRSP (Delinquent International Information Return Submission Procedures), IRS VDP (IRS Voluntary Disclosure Practice) and Reasonable Cause disclosures.

Thus, if you are looking for an attorney to help with your FBAR compliance, contact Sherayzen Law Office as soon as possible to secure Your Confidential Consultation!

2018 FBAR Deadline in 2019 | FinCEN Form 114 International Tax Lawyer & Attorney

The 2018 FBAR deadline is one of the most important deadlines for US taxpayers in the calendar year 2019. Since FBAR is not filed with the federal income tax return, many taxpayers may miss this deadline. This is why Sherayzen Law Office is publishing this notice to US taxpayers.

2018 FBAR Deadline: Background Information

FBAR is an acronym for FinCEN Form 114, the Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts. US Persons must file FBAR if they have a financial interest in or signatory or any other authority over foreign financial accounts if the highest aggregate value of these accounts is in excess of $10,000. FBARs are filed separately from federal tax returns.

2018 FBAR Deadline: Pre-2016 FBAR Deadline

For the years preceding 2016, the US government chose a very strange deadline for FBARs – June 30 of each year. For example, 2012 FBAR was due on June 30, 2013. No filing extensions were allowed.

There was another surprising rule for FBAR deadlines. Prior to the mandatory e-filing of FBARs, taxpayers had to mail their FBARs to the specialized center in Detroit, Michigan. Unlike the rest of the tax forms, FBARs did not follow the “mailbox rule”. In other words, the filing of an FBAR was recognized by the IRS not upon the mailing of this form, but upon its receipt. For example, if FBAR was mailed on June 30, but received on July 1, it was not timely filed.

Federal tax returns, on the other hand, do follow the mailbox rule. This means that the IRS will consider the mailing date, not the date of receipt, as the date of the filing of a tax return. I should point out that, in practice, the IRS often confuses the rule and incorrectly issues failure-to-file penalties based on the date of receipt. This is why it is important to have a proof of mailing for your federal tax return.

The last FBAR that followed the June 30 deadline was 2015 FBAR; its due date was June 30, 2016. Nevertheless, due to the six-year FBAR statute of limitations, it is important to remember this history for the purpose of offshore voluntary disclosures and IRS FBAR audits. It will continue to be relevant as late as June 30, 2022.

2018 FBAR Deadline: Changes to FBAR Deadline Starting 2016 FBAR

Of course, the strange FBAR filing rules greatly confused US taxpayers. First of all, it was difficult to learn about the existence of the form. Second, taxpayers found it very difficult to timely comply with its requirements due to its very strange filing rules.

The US Congress took action in 2015 to alleviate this problem. As it usually happens, it did so when it passed a law that, on its surface, had nothing to do with FBARs. The Surface Transportation and Veterans Health Care Choice Improvement Act of 2015 (the “Act”) changed the FBAR deadline starting with 2016 FBAR. Section 2006(b)(11) of the Act requires the FBARs to be filed by the due date of that year’s tax return (i.e. usually April 15), not June 30.

Furthermore, during the transition period (which continues to this date), the IRS granted to US taxpayers an automatic extension of the FBAR filing deadline to October 15. Taxpayers do not need to make any specific requests in order for an extension to be granted.

Thus, starting with the 2016 FBAR, the Act adjusted the FBAR due date to coincide with the federal income tax filing deadlines. This is the case even if federal law requires a different filing date. For example, in situations where the tax return due date falls on a Saturday, Sunday, or legal holiday, the IRS must delay the due date until the next business day; the FBAR deadline will follow suit and also shift to the next business day.

2018 FBAR Deadline

Based on the current law, the 2018 FBAR deadline will be April 15, 2019. In other words, your 2018 FBAR has to be e-filed by and including that date. Automatic extension to October 15, 2019, is available.

FBAR Disclosure: Fighting the Small Accounts Myth

A Minneapolis attorney recently said to me that he has a client who has not filed the FBARs but that client has a number of small accounts and no large accounts; the attorney wanted my opinion on whether it is worth it for smaller clients to go through the trouble of disclosing the accounts to the IRS. My answer was an emphatic YES!

This is exactly the type of myths that I have to battle when I get calls from all around the world from potential clients with smaller accounts. The general impression among these clients is that the IRS will only enforce the FBAR requirement against the “big fish” and there is no need to trouble themselves with voluntary disclosure of the FBARs.

Unfortunately, this impression cannot be further from the truth. Tax experts around the country agree that the IRS enforcement of the FBAR requirements has risen to an unprecedented level. The risk of detection, especially once FATCA is fully implemented by the end of the year 2013, has been steadily growing since the 2008 UBS case, fed further by the information disclosed by the participants in the IRS voluntary disclosure programs. As a result, the number of the FBAR prosecutions by the IRS has also risen dramatically.

Given the draconian penalties associated with willful failure to file the FBAR and the high risk of detection, it is imperative for the small accountholders to go through the voluntary disclosure process (either through the 2012 OVDP or its alternatives) before the IRS finds them.

Moreover, for the smaller taxpayers who just found out about the FBAR and who may have a reasonable cause argument, there is an incentive to disclose the FBARs as soon as possible because, with an able attorney experienced in FBAR disclosures, they may be able to dramatically reduce and even eliminate the FBAR penalties.

However, the original non-willfulness can easily grow into willfulness where the taxpayers learn about the existence of the FBAR requirement, consciously disregard it and fail to file the FBARs. At that point, the original innocence of non-willful ignorance is gone, and the taxpayer is likely to face the imposition of much heavier penalties by the IRS.

It is worth noting, moreover, that in these willful cases, the imperative to do voluntary disclosure should be even higher precisely because the IRS is likely to impose unbearably high penalties otherwise. This is why the IRS created the 2012 Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program so that these taxpayers can bring themselves back into tax compliance without fear of criminal prosecution.

It should be clear to all non-compliant US taxpayers – voluntary disclosure of offshore accounts is almost always better than the IRS finding your non-disclosed account. In my practice, the practice of FBAR voluntary disclosure has always been more beneficial to my clients whether they were located in Minneapolis, New York, San Francisco, Tampa, Canada, Australia, Mexico, Germany, Switzerland or any other country.

Contact Sherayzen Law Office for Help with Delinquent FBARs

If you have undisclosed foreign accounts and have not filed your FBARs, contact Sherayzen Law Office for help. Our experienced FBAR tax firm will thoroughly analyze your case, assess your current FBAR liability, examine your voluntary disclosure options and implement a comprehensive voluntary disclosure strategy striving to achieve the best result for you.