IRS Deadline to File Foreign Accounts Disclosure (FBAR): June 30, 2015


Any U.S. person having foreign bank accounts with an aggregate value in excess of $10,000 at any time in tax year 2014 is required by law to file annual  FBAR (FinCEN Form 114) by June 30, 2015. Any U.S. person (this is not limited to only U.S. citizens) who had foreign accounts (bank, securities, insurance and/or annuity policies, mutual funds, etc.) with aggregate value exceeding $10,000.00 at any time during the year are required to file the FBAR disclosure. Deadlines are strict and there are no extensions. Penalties for failure to file are stiff. The penalty for a non-willful violation is $10,000 per account per year (Note: The requirement to file an FBAR disclosure is not only limited to tax year 2014) and a willful violation can result in penalties equal to 50% of the value of the foreign account (per year and perhaps higher!) FBAR violations can also carry criminal penalties.


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