What is an FBAR?

FBAR stands for ‘Foreign Bank Account Report’, a reporting requirement for Americans who have a total of over $10,000 in foreign financial accounts at any time during a year.

FBAR News

Foreign financial accounts include most kinds of bank and investment accounts. Americans who qualify have to report their accounts by filing FinCEN Form 114 online. Find out more here.

IRS Announces Cryptocurrency Accounts to be Added to FBAR Reporting

Cryptocurrency Accounts to be Added to FBAR Reporting

On 31st December 2020, the IRS quietly dropped a Bitcoin bombshell as it released a statement saying that it intended to add virtual currency accounts as a reportable account under FBAR rules. The statement read: “FinCEN intends to propose to amend the regulations implementing the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) regarding reports of foreign financial accounts […]

What is the FBAR FIling Deadline in 2021?

FBAR FIling Deadline 2021

The nine million Americans who live abroad are required to file US taxes, reporting their worldwide income, the same as Americans living in the US. This is because the US taxes based on US citizenship, rather than on residence. When Americans abroad file their US taxes, by filing additional forms they can claim IRS provisions […]

2019 FBAR Filing Deadline Extension to October 31st 2020 Announced

2019 FBAR Filing Deadline Extension to October 31st 2020 Announced

Americans who haven’t filed their 2019 FBAR yet in 2020 have been granted an automatic filing extension until October 31st 2020. On Wednesday October 14th 2020, just a day before the regular FBAR filing deadline, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN, to which FBARs are filed) announced an extension until December 31st 2020 by way of […]

FBAR Penalties for Expats Clarified by Court

FBAR Penalties for Expats Clarified by Court

All American Citizens and Green Card holders are required to file US taxes every year, reporting their worldwide income. For years, many Americans living abroad ignored the requirement to file US taxes, as the IRS couldn’t enforce the rule globally. In the era of internationally connected electronic banking and international information sharing, the IRS now […]

How to File FBAR Online – A Guide for Expats

How to File FBAR Online - A Guide for Expats

Many American expats are surprised to learn that they have to report their global income on a US tax return every year, often as well as having to file foreign taxes in their country of residence. They have to file a US return because the US taxes all of its citizens (and green card holders), […]

Foreign Account Reporting Rules for US Expats

Foreign Account Reporting Rules for US Expats

Americans who move abroad have to continue filing US taxes on their global income. This is because the US taxes all US citizens (and green card holders), wherever they live – including abroad. Most other countries only tax their residents on their worldwide income, or only tax income arising within the country, regardless where the […]

FinCEN Form 114 vs IRS Form 8938 – What Expats Need to Know

FinCEN Form 114 vs IRS Form 8938 for Expats

All Americans have to file US taxes, reporting their global income. Expat Americans also often have to file additional reporting forms. Many expats aren’t aware though what exactly these additional reporting requirements involve, and in particular the difference between FBAR and FATCA reporting, or Form 114 vs 8938. In this article we’ll attempt to alleviate […]

Filing FBARs Late – Delinquent FBAR Procedures for Expats

Filing FBARs Late - Delinquent FBAR Procedures for Expats

Despite living abroad, American expats are required to file US taxes, reporting their worldwide income. When expats file, they can claim one (or in some cases multiple) IRS provisions to reduce their US tax bill, such as the Foreign Earned Income Exclusion and the Foreign Tax Credit. They also have to report their foreign business interests. […]

US Taxes for Expats – FBAR Filing Deadline 2020

FBAR Filing Deadline 2020 for Expats

If living abroad requires courage and mental fortitude, in return it rewards expats with the experience of a lifetime. Americans who live abroad still have to file US federal taxes though, reporting their global income. Many also have to file foreign taxes in the country where they live, and possibly US state taxes, too. This […]