Minnesota FBAR Tax Attorney | International Tax Lawyer

If you are looking for a Minnesota FBAR tax attorney, consider retaining the services of Mr. Eugene Sherayzen of Sherayzen Law Office, Ltd. (“Sherayzen Law Office”). Mr. Sherayzen is an international tax attorney and founder of Sherayzen Law Office.

Minnesota FBAR tax attorney: FBAR Specialization of an International Tax Attorney

The definition of a Minnesota FBAR tax attorney includes two major specializations: FBARs and US international tax law in general. With respect to the first specialization,  Mr. Sherayzen has personally filed over a thousand FBARs and has helped hundreds of US taxpayers worldwide to bring their tax affairs into full compliance with US tax laws.

Mr. Sherayzen also specializes in international tax compliance, including voluntary disclosure of delinquent (i.e. late) FBARs.  He is an international tax attorney who is able to deliver a variety of services and freely operate with experience and knowledge in all relevant areas of international tax law.  Together with his highly-experienced team at Sherayzen Law office, Mr. Sherayzen is able to (often as part of an offshore voluntary disclosure) to amend US tax returns, properly prepare foreign financial statements according to US GAAP, correctly calculate PFICs, and innumerable number of other tasks.

Mr. Sherayzen has an extensive experience with and knowledge of all offshore voluntary disclosure options that involve delinquent FBARs, including; former OVDP/OVDI, Streamlined Domestic Offshore Procedures, Streamlined Foreign Offshore Procedures, Delinquent FBAR Submission Procedures, Delinquent International Information Return Submission Procedures, IRS Voluntary Disclosure Practice and Reasonable Cause Disclosures.

Sherayzen Law Office Legal Team Provides Efficient and Cost-Effective Services

In order to make sure that his work is expeditious and cost-effective, Mr. Sherayzen built a team of tax professionals that he employs within his firm. Each member of the team is trained personally by Mr. Sherayzen and is assigned specific tasks. For example, an international tax accountant helps Mr. Sherayzen prepare the clients’ tax returns while his staff is trained in creating FBARs based on the information already verified by Mr. Sherayzen.

This team of motivated, intelligent and experienced tax professionals allows Sherayzen Law Office to provide an exceptional array of customized offshore voluntary disclosure, international tax planning and international tax compliance services which fully integrate the legal and accounting aspects of international tax compliance and offshore voluntary disclosures in an efficient and cost-effective manner.

Therefore, if you are looking for a Minnesota FBAR tax attorney, please contact Mr. Sherayzen as soon as possible to schedule Your Confidential Consultation

2016 FBAR Currency Conversion Rates | FBAR Lawyer and Attorney

Using proper currency conversion rates is a critical part of preparing 2016 FBAR and 2016 Form 8938. The instructions to both forms require (in case of Form 8938, this is the default choice) US taxpayers to use the 2016 FBAR Currency Conversion Rates published by the Treasury Department. The 2016 FBAR Currency Conversion Rates also serve other purposes beyond the preparation of the 2016 FBAR and Form 8938.

The 2016 FBAR Currency Conversion Rates are the December 31, 2016 rates officially published by the U.S. Department of Treasury (they are called “Treasury’s Financial Management Service rates” or the “FMS rates”) and they are the proper conversion rates that must be used while preparing FBAR and Form 8938.

Due to this importance of 2016 FBAR Currency Conversion Rates to US taxpayers, international tax lawyers and international tax accountants, Sherayzen Law Office provides the table below with the official 2016 FBAR Currency Conversion Rates (keep in mind, you still need to refer to the official website for any updates).


Country Currency Foreign Currency to $1.00
Afghanistan Afghani 66.5000
Albania Lek 128.2500
Algeria Dinar 110.0180
Angola Kwanza 170.0000
Antigua-Barbuda East Caribbean Dollar 2.7000
Argentina Peso 15.9030
Armenia Dram 480.0000
Australia Dollar 1.3850
Austria Euro 0.9490
Azerbaijan New Manat 1.8400
Bahamas Dollar 1.0000
Bahrain Dinar 0.3770
Bangladesh Taka 79.0000
Barbados Dollar 2.0200
Belarus New Ruble  1.9590
Belarus Ruble  19585.0000
Belgium Euro  0.9490
Belize Dollar 2.0000
Benin CFA Franc  625.1400
Bermuda Dollar 1.0000
Bolivia Boliviano  6.8700
Bosnia-Hercegovina Marka  1.8560
Botswana Pula  10.6720
Brazil Real  3.2530
Brunei Dollar  1.4450
Bulgaria Lev  1.8560
Burkina Faso CFA Franc  625.1400
Burma-Myanmar Kyat  1365.0000
Burundi Franc  1650.0000
Cambodia (Khmer) Riel 4103.0000
Cameroon CFA Franc  621.7300
Canada Dollar  1.3460
Cape Verde Escudo  104.7280
Cayman Islands Dollar 0.8200
Central African Republic CFA Franc  621.7300
Chad CFA Franc  621.7300
Chile Peso  668.8000
China Renminbi  6.9420
Colombia Peso 3001.5000
Comoros Franc  462.6500
Congo CFA Franc  621.7300
Congo, Dem. Rep Congolese Franc  1210.0000
Costa Rica Colon  546.0000
Cote D’Ivoire CFA Franc  625.1400
Croatia Kuna  7.0500
Cuba Peso 1.0000
Cyprus Euro  0.9490
Czech Republic Koruna  25.0450
Denmark Krone  7.0540
Djibouti Franc  177.0000
Dominican Republic Peso  46.5900
Ecuador Dolares 1.0000
Egypt Pound  18.0000
El Salvador Dolares 1.0000
Equatorial Guinea CFA Franc  621.7300
Eritrea Nakfa  15.0000
Estonia Euro  0.9490
Ethiopia Birr  22.4000
Euro Zone Euro  0.9490
Fiji Dollar  2.0730
Finland Euro  0.9490
France Euro  0.9490
Gabon CFA Franc  621.7300
Gambia Dalasi  44.0000
Georgia Lari  2.6600
Germany FRG Euro  0.9490
Ghana Cedi  4.2200
Greece Euro  0.9490
Grenada East Carribean Dollar 2.7000
Guatemala Quetzal  7.5220
Guinea Franc  9225.0000
Guinea Bissau CFA Franc  625.1400
Guyana Dollar  205.0000
Haiti Gourde  66.4600
Honduras Lempira  23.4000
Hong Kong Dollar  7.7560
Hungary Forint  293.7500
Iceland Krona  112.8700
India Rupee  67.8000
Indonesia Rupiah  13380.0000
Iran Rial  32376.0000
Iraq Dinar  1166.0000
Ireland Euro  0.9490
Israel Shekel  3.8410
Italy Euro  0.9490
Jamaica Dollar  128.0000
Japan Yen  117.0300
Jerusalem Shekel  3.8410
Jordan Dinar 0.7080
Kazakhstan Tenge  333.3000
Kenya Shilling  102.4500
Korea Won  1203.2100
Kuwait Dinar  0.3050
Kyrgyzstan Som  69.3000
Laos Kip  8170.0000
Latvia Euro  0.9490
Lebanon Pound 1500.0000
Lesotho South African Rand  13.7070
Liberia Dollar  91.0000
Libya Dinar  1.4380
Lithuania Euro  0.9490
Luxembourg Euro  0.9490
Macao Mop 8.0000
Macedonia FYROM Denar  58.1200
Madagascar Aria  3350.5400
Malawi Kwacha  747.0000
Malaysia Ringgit  4.4850
Mali CFA Franc  625.1400
Malta Euro  0.9490
Marshall Islands Dollar 1.0000
Martinique Euro  0.9490
Mauritania Ouguiya  355.0000
Mauritius Rupee  35.8700
Mexico New Peso  20.6520
Micronesia Dollar 1.0000
Moldova Leu  19.9000
Mongolia Tugrik  2489.5300
Montenegro Euro  0.9490
Morocco Dirham  10.1540
Mozambique Metical  70.8000
Namibia Dollar  13.7070
Nepal Rupee  108.7000
Netherlands Euro  0.9490
Netherlands Antilles Guilder 1.7800
New Zealand Dollar  1.4370
Nicaragua Cordoba  29.0500
Niger CFA Franc  625.1400
Nigeria Naira 304.2000
Norway Krone 8.6210
Oman Rial 0.3850
Pakistan Rupee  104.3500
Palau Dollar 1.0000
Panama Balboa 1.0000
Papua New Guinea Kina  3.1010
Paraguay Guarani  5755.0000
Peru Nuevo Sol  3.3570
Philippines Peso  49.5910
Poland Zloty  4.1850
Portugal Euro  0.9490
Qatar Riyal 3.6410
Romania Leu  4.3050
Russia Ruble  61.0220
Rwanda Franc  815.0000
Sao Tome & Principe Dobras 23556.0240
Saudi Arabia Riyal 3.7500
Senegal CFA Franc 625.1400
Serbia Dinar  117.1400
Seychelles Rupee  13.2190
Sierra Leone Leone  7451.0000
Singapore Dollar  1.4450
Slovak Republic Euro  0.9490
Slovenia Euro  0.9490
Solomon Islands Dollar  7.9370
South Africa Rand  13.7070
South Sudan Pound  80.0000
Spain Euro  0.9490
Sri Lanka Rupee  149.6000
St Lucia East Caribbean Dollar 2.7000
Sudan Pound  7.1000
Suriname Guilder  7.4850
Swaziland Lilangeni  13.7070
Sweden Krona  9.0630
Switzerland Franc  1.0190
Syria Pound  515.0000
Taiwan Dollar  32.4010
Tajikistan Somoni 7.8000
Tanzania Shilling  2178.0000
Thailand Baht  35.7700
Timor-Leste Dili 1.0000
Togo CFA Franc 625.1400
Tonga Pa’anga  2.1530
Trinidad & Tobago Dollar  6.6900
Tunisia Dinar  2.3010
Turkey Lira  3.5220
Turkmenistan Manat 3.4910
Uganda Shilling  3607.0000
Ukraine Hryvnia  27.0000
United Arab Emirates Dirham 3.6720
United Kingdom Pound Sterling  0.8120
Uruguay New Peso  29.0700
Uzbekistan Som  3286.0000
Vanuatu Vatu  111.8000
Venezuela New Bolivar  673.8300
Vietnam Dong  22770.0000
Western Samoa Tala  2.4960
Yemen Rial  250.5000
Zambia Kwacha (New)  9.9150
Zambia Kwacha  5455.0000
Zimbabwe Dollar 1.0000

1. Lesotho’s loti is pegged to South African Rand 1:1 basis
2. Macao is also spelled Macau: currency is Macanese pataka
3. Macedonia: due to the conflict over name with Greece, the official name if FYROM – Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.

What Needs to Be Included in the OVDP Preclearance Request

The OVDP Preclearance Request is a very important document that is required to be filed in order to commence a US taxpayer’s voluntary disclosure under the 2014 IRS Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program (2014 OVDP) which is still in existence at the time of this writing. This is why it is important to understand what actually needs to be included in the OVDP Preclearance Request.

FAQ 23 of the 2014 OVDP details three major requirements for the OVDP Preclearance Request. First, the OVDP Preclearance Request must include the identifying information of the applicant(s), including complete name(s), date(s) of birth, tax identification number(s), address (or adresses), and telephone number(s).

Second, the OVDP Preclearance Request should include the identifying information of all financial institutions at which undisclosed OVDP assets were held during the voluntary disclosure period. The “identifying information” includes complete names of the foreign institutions (including all DBAs and pseudonyms), addresses, and telephone numbers.

It is up to your international tax lawyer to determine the OVDP assets and the voluntary disclosure period prior to filing the OVDP Preclearance Request.

Finally, the OVDP Preclearance Request should include the identifying information of all foreign and domestic business entities (e.g., corporations, partnerships, limited liability companies, foundations, et cetera) and trusts through which the undisclosed OVDP assets (again, this is the determination that needs to be made by your international tax lawyer) were held by the applicant.
Note that this request does not include the entities that are traded on a public stock exchange in the United States or overseas.

This information should be supplied for the entities that were in existence during any period of time during the Voluntary Disclosure Period, including any entities that were dissolved. The determination of the Voluntary Disclosure Period should be done by your international tax lawyer.

The identifying information that should be included in your OVDP Preclearance Request with respect to entities includes: complete names (including all DBAs and pseudonyms), employer identification numbers (if applicable), addresses, and the jurisdiction in which the entities were organized.

The OVDP Preclearance Requests should be accompanied by an executed Form 2848 (IRS Power of Attorney form) if the applicant is represented. I strongly advise that you retain an experienced international tax lawyer to conduct your voluntary disclosure process.

Note that, if your case involves jointly-filed US tax returns, the OVDP Preclearance Request should be prepared for both spouses.

Once the OVDP Preclearance Request is faxed to the IRS, the IRS-CI (Criminal Investigation) may take up to 30 days to notify the applicant’s representative (or the applicant himself (or herself), if the applicant is not represented). In my experience, if the IRS-CI is not busy, it will usually respond within a few weeks, but it can take the whole month. However, there are instances (like the August of 2014 deadline for US taxpayers to secure the 27.5% penalty, instead of 50%) when the IRS-CI is overwhelmed and it can take even a couple of months for them to make the decision on your OVDP Preclearance Request.

Contact Sherayzen Law Office for Experienced and Professional Help With the Voluntary Disclosure of Your Foreign Assets and Foreign Income

If you have undisclosed foreign accounts and you are considering entering the OVDP, you should contact the experienced voluntary disclosure team of Sherayzen Law Office, Ltd. We will handle your entire case, including all legal and accounting documentation (including the preparation of amended tax returns and FBARs). We have helped hundreds of US taxpayers worldwide and we can help you!

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