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When do I file Form 8938?

  • US Residents: Typically, the filing deadline is April 15.
  • Foreign Residents: An automatic extension extends the deadline to June 15.
  • Extension Option: If an extension is filed, the due date is extended to October 15.

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What are the filing thresholds for Form 8938?

  • Single Filers: Must file if foreign financial assets exceed $300,000 at any point during the year (2023) or $200,000 at the end of the year.
  • Married Filing Jointly: The thresholds are higher, requiring filing if joint assets exceed $600,000 during the year (2023) or $400,000 at year-end.

What types of assets should be reported on Form 8938?

  • Financial Accounts: The focus is on financial accounts held outside the US, not on real estate assets.
  • Included Assets: Assets like cash, stocks, shares, and overseas pension or retirement accounts are considered.
  • Exclusions: US-based assets like 401k or IRA are not reported on Form 8938.

Are there any penalties for not filing Form 8938?

  • Standard Penalty: Failing to file can lead to a penalty of approximately $10,000.
  • Case-Dependent Penalties: Additional penalties may be imposed based on specific circumstances, particularly in cases of reporting errors.

Why should I get professional advice when filing Form 8938?

  • Complex Filing Requirements: Form 8938 can be challenging to understand, especially for US expats with diverse financial portfolios.
  • Avoiding Penalties: Professional guidance can help ensure accurate reporting and compliance, thereby avoiding hefty penalties.
  • Tailored Advice: Tax professionals can provide personalized advice based on an individual’s unique financial situation and filing status.

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