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Things that you must know about Foreign Bank Accounts

Many people get attracted towards the foreign bank accounts due to the benefits they get through these accounts. But if you are having an undisclosed foreign bank account then you need to beware. Nowadays, you cannot trust any bank for keeping your account secret. For an instance, the vaunted secrecy of Swiss along with many other tax havens is no more much secret at all. So, you need to think twice before putting your head in the sand. As your details can be disclosed anytime to IRS, so you are required to do something to avoid that problem. However, here we are mentioning some things that you must know about the foreign bank accounts.

  • You need to report your worldwide income
    If you are a US resident, then you need to report your overall income to the US income tax return. And if you are having an interest in the foreign bank, then you need to report it too. What we mean by worldwide income here is everything you earn; it includes the foreign earnings, interest, dividends, wages and any other income. In the case your foreign income is taxed at any other place, even then you need to report to IRS. No matter how much is your income, you need to report it to IRS.

  • It is not enough to disclose the tax return
    However, tax return filing is not enough; there is one more thing that you need to take into concern. Every US resident who is having a foreign bank account needs to file FBAR, which is due each June 30 for the previous year. You need to file a FBAR in the case the total amount of your foreign bank accounts exceeds $10000. Anytime when you get the amount exceeded than this value, you must file a FBAR. And in the case, your total foreign bank account balance does not exceed the amount of $10000, then you are not required to file FBAR, but reporting about your account earnings is still required.

  • Tax penalties
    In the case you fail to report your worldwide income or forget to check the box which discloses that you having a foreign bank account, then it will be considered as a fraud or tax evasion. And in this case, high penalties can be set against you by IRS. The statute of limitations on such frauds is six years and the statute of limitations never gets expired on the civil tax fraud. So, you can be pursued for the back taxes even after ....

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