FBAR and Foreign Assets Reporting
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FBAR and Who Needs to File
Foreign Bank Account Report (FBAR) refers to FinCen Form 114, Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts. US citizens, residents, companies, partnerships, Limited Liability Companies (LLCs), trust, estate who have the ownership or the control of any sort of foreign accounts with a cumulative value of above USD 10,000 anytime during the accounting year are required to make FBAR filing.
Foreign Assets Reporting apart from FBAR
Form 8938: Statement of Specified Foreign Financial Assets is another compliance for foreign assets holders. It has different reporting thresholds though, depending on where you are residing and whether you are filing jointly or individually:
For people residing in the US
- For unmarried (or married but filing individually) : If the total value of assets is above USD 50,000 on 31st December of the accounting year or above USD 75,000 any time during the accounting year.
- For married people filing jointly : If the total value of assets is above USD 100,000 on 31st December of the accounting year or above USD 150,000 any time during the accounting year.
For people residing outside the US
- For unmarried (or married but filing individually) : If the total value of assets is above USD 200,000 on 31st December of the accounting year or above USD 300,000 any time during the accounting year.
- For married people filing jointly : If the total value of assets is above USD 400,000 on 31st December of the accounting year or above USD 600,000 any time during the accounting year.
Foreign Assets to be Reported
Any sort of commercial interest or authority on at least one of the financial accounts situated in foreign countries.
Under Form 8938
All the people who need to file Form 8938 must report their financial accounts maintained by that foreign financial institution with which they invested. E.g. savings accounts, deposit accounts, checking accounts and brokerage accounts. Further, you need to report any vested interest in any foreign entity, like holding shares or a contract of a foreign company, e.g. securities of a foreign company, an interest in a foreign estate, etc.
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