Foreign Assets

The IRS actively finds taxpayers who do not disclose their foreign bank account information, and we are here to help. It is crucial that you disclose correctly, covering all account details that the IRS requires. Accounts with an aggregate amount of $10,000 or more, over which a taxpayer has signatory authority, must be reported.

Inherited foreign accounts could be liable.

If you do not voluntarily disclose any foreign accounts by filing your FBAR (Foreign Bank Account Report), and the IRS discovers your assets, you can be liable for up to 50% in civil penalties. We will guide your through the reporting process and work on your behalf to diminish your financial risk.

Failure to disclose foreign accounts to the IRS can also result in criminal prosecution. Criminal penalties can include fines of up to $250,000, 5 years in prison, or both. In addition, criminal and civil penalties can be imposed at the same time.

Read through the IRS Guidance on reporting foreign bank accounts to learn more.

Christina Weed  CBLS Tax Law


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Mendes Weed, LLP offices are located in Walnut Creek and our skilled attorneys provide family, tax, business, and trust law assistance for clients. For your convenience, we also have attorneys' offices in San Francisco and Sacramento by appointment only.

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