FBAR: Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts

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 qualify have to report their accounts by filing FinCEN Form 114 online. Find out more here.

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 their overseas bank and other financial accounts at any time during a tax year has to file an FBAR, whether they live in the States, or abroad. A little history The Bank Secrecy Act was […]

IRS Reconciles FBAR Filing Dates

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The Foreign Bank Account Report (known as FBAR) obliges all US citizens and green card holders with foreign bank accounts that contain a total between them of at least US$10,000 at any time throughout the tax year to file a form (114) to the IRS. At the end of last month, President Obama signed into […]

US Expats Getting It Right – FATCA and FBAR Explained

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Recently the FBAR (Foreign Bank Account Report) and FATCA (Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act) filing requirements have generated quite a bit of controversy, as they pertain to the recent IRS crackdown on financial assets in overseas accounts. FATCA in particular has caused some uproar since going into effect in March 2010, as foreign financial institutions […]