FILING US TAX RETURNS AND FBAR’S ISN’T THE WHOLE STORY: RULES AND CATEGORIES FOR IRS FORM 5471

US TAX SURPRISES AND REPORTING REQUIREMENTS SERIES Here we will briefly discuss the ownership attribution rules for purposes of Form 5471, and introduce the different filing categories under Form 5471. The rules and reporting requirements for each category of filer are unique and will be discussed in more detail in subsequent articles. Before describing the…

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US and France sign Bilateral FATCA Agreement

On November, 14 2013, the US and France signed a bilateral agreement to implement the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA). The agreement is based on the Model 1A treaty and requires French financial institutions to report US account holders to the French government, which will then report those accounts to the US. Similarly, US financial institutions are required…

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FBAR eFile Requirement

On February 29, 2012 the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network’s (FinCen) published rules requiring the E-Filing of all Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) submissions. As of July 1, 2013, FinCen’s regulations require that all FBARs be filed electronically through the BSA E-File System. The E-File system is not difficult to navigate and the electronic FBAR is a…

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