Understanding The Basics Of FBAR Reporting
FBAR can be best described as a report that requires to be filled other than your individual
tax return. Each and every individual should file the FBAR in case they are a resident of U.S
and have an aggregate balance that exceeds $10,000 in all their overseas and financial bank
account. The last date for filling in the FBAR form is June 30th.
Important Aspects of FBAR
FBAR might appear as an easy foreign bank account filing process; however it has its own
crucial aspects that are essential to understand. They are discussed :
FBAR and Individual tax return are separate concepts
FBAR is a complementary procedure to individual income tax return and requires to be filled
in TD F 90-22.1 even of an individual who has filed the Form 8938, 'Statement of Specified
Foreign Financial Assets' with the tax return.
The final filing date is on June 30th
June 30th is the last date for FBAR submission. As compared to a tax return that requires to be
finished on April 15th, FBAR must be received by the Treasury latest by June 30th and there is
no extension available. This means that in case you have completed the FBAR on June 29th it
is crucial that you send it through an overnight mail so that it reaches without fail on June 30Th.
However, in case you complete the same by June 30th, then it becomes late.
FBAR is compulsory, even if the income is zero
If you have a foreign financial account, you will have a reporting obligation even if the account
has zero taxable income
A single day’s high balance is considered in FBAR
FBAR should be filled by the U.S citizens, residents and green card holders even if the
aggregate of their financial and bank accounts exceeded $10,000 anytime during the year. This
shows that if the total aggregate income of the account holder crosses this count even on one
day in a given year, then FBAR becomes mandatory.
Individuals who fail to file their FBAR have to witness penalties. They can be subjected to harsh
penalties that can rise up to an amount of USD 100,000, 50 percent of the account balance,
or a criminal penalty that might go up to USD 250,000. Apart from this, there is also a scope
of five years of imprisonment. Furthermore, the IRS can also track down six years and then
review an individual’s tax return to trade the balances indicating FBAR. Furthermore, in order to
avert these penalties, it is essential to resort to expert guidance from any leading tax planning
agency for proper FBAR filing.
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