The FBAR is not a tax return, but an informational report filed with the U.S. Department of Treasury stating that the person filing has a financial interest in, or signatory authority over, financial accounts in a foreign country with an aggregate value exceeding $10,000 at any time during the taxable year. Only U.S. persons are required to file the FBAR.
EXCEPTIONS TO THE FBAR FILING REQUIREMENTS
There are also numerous exceptions to the FBAR filing requirements which include:
Foreign financial accounts maintained on a U.S. military banking facility
Individual Retirement Account owners and beneficiaries
Foreign bank accounts owned by a multinational financial institution
Foreign financial accounts owned by a government entity
Foreign financial accounts jointly owned by spouses where one spouse has already filed a timely FBAR and both spouses sign the FBAR
THE FBAR FORM
The FBAR filing form and general instructions can be found on the IRS website. You may not request an extension for filing the FBAR. The FBAR is an annual report and must be received on or before June 30th by the Department of Treasury.
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