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.


Foreign financial accounts include most kinds of bank and investment accounts. Americans who meet the $10,000 in foreign accounts threshold have to report their accounts by filing FinCEN Form 114 online.

What US Expats can Learn From the Paul Manafort Indictment

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President Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort, along with his associate Richard Gates, were indicted this week, with a long list of criminal charges filed against them. The charges include engaging in conspiracies against the United States and to launder money, making false statements, acting as an unregistered foreign agent, and failing to report foreign bank […]

FBAR Instructions for US Expats Filing FinCEN Form 114

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Americans living abroad are still required to file a US tax return, and furthermore, they may have to report their foreign bank and investment accounts by filing a Foreign Bank Account Report, or FBAR. Due to the 2010 Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA), most foreign banks and other financial firms are now reporting their […]

What Sort of Accounts Do US Expats Have to Report in an FBAR?

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The US tax system is different to every other developed country’s, in that America taxes based on citizenship rather than on residence. That means that whereas most countries only tax residents (and non-residents who have income arising in the country), the US taxes all US citizens wherever in the world they live. This means that […]

US Expat FBAR Foreign Bank Reporting Requirements and Willfulness

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Because the US taxes based on citizenship rather then residence, just like Americans living stateside, expatriates are still required to file a US tax return if they earn over around $10,000, or just $400 of self-employment income. Similarly, they must declare and pay US taxes on their worldwide income, although there are several exclusions that […]

FBAR Filing Date Change for 2017

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Since 1970, all Americans have been obliged to report their Foreign Financial Accounts, including any they have signatory authority over, if their accounts contain an aggregate total of over $10,000 at any time during a tax year. This filing obligation is commonly known as the Foreign Bank Account Report, or just FBAR. For many years […]

FBAR – What Is It?

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FBAR is an acronym for Foreign Bank Account Report. Every American who has a minimum of $10,000 in total in overseas bank or other financial accounts at any time during a tax year has to file an FBAR every year, whether they live in the States, or abroad. A little history The Bank Secrecy Act […]

FBAR Penalties Explained

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With the 2015 FBAR deadline now upon us, what are the possible consequences for Americans with foreign bank accounts who haven’t filed? What is it? FBAR is an acronym for the Foreign Bank Account Report. It is meant to prevent people from avoiding taxes by hiding their wealth abroad. In practice this means declaring foreign […]