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For tax year 2011, individual taxpayers with certain specified foreign financial assets found themselves subject to a new reporting requirement, Form 8938, Statement of Specified Foreign Financial Assets. Form 8938 is required if a taxpayer has a specified foreign financial asset in excess of various thresholds. See Form 8938 – Foreign Reporting Trap for the Unwary. Unlike Form T.D. 90-22.1, Report of Foreign Bank Account and Financial Accounts which is due by June 30th of every year, Form 8938 is attached to a taxpayer’s Form 1040.
Although many aspects of the Form 8938 and FBAR ...
Concerned about the extent of international tax non-compliance, Congress enacted the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (“FATCA”). Among other provisions found in FATCA was Section 6038D, which requires certain individuals to annually report to the IRS data about their interests in foreign financial assets. Sounds simple enough, right? Well, this seemingly straightforward obligation has been causing significant havoc for taxpayers and their advisors in 2012, as they wrestle for the first time with tricky new issues when deciding whether and/or how to complete Form 8938 ...
Noooo! But the IRS does seem to be getting more rational in a couple of respects.
On May 18, an IRS Associate Area Counsel for Philadelphia explained that the IRS may send warning letters in lieu of asserting penalties for failure to file a Form TD F 90-22.1, also known as an FBAR. This will occur in situations where the IRS concludes a letter would be “sufficient to bring the individual into compliance.” The speaker indicated that the IRS Office of Chief Counsel reviews every proposed FBAR penalty to ensure “that adequate facts exist to support the proposed assessment.” The ...