Many Australians are still coming to grips with many US filing requirements, as well as US tax laws. A podcast was recorded to set the record straight on FBAR filing requirements as well as some common tax missteps often made by expats.
Peter Harper who is a Managing Director with CST Tax Advisors, a leading International tax advisory, recorded the 21 minute podcast that discusses:
What is the Substantial Presence Test?
FBAR – Who has to file?
Superannuation – Do I need to include it in my FBAR?
Other filing requirements for expats.
Common US tax missteps made by Australians.
Click the link below to listen:
New Due Date for FBARs | FinCEN.gov
The new annual due date for filing Reports of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts (FBAR) for foreign financial accounts is April 15.
This date change was mandated by the Surface Transportation and Veterans Health Care Choice Improvement Act of 2015, Public Law 114-41 (the Act). Specifically, section 2006(b)(11) of the Act changes the FBAR due date to April 15 to coincide with the Federal income tax filing season.
The Act also mandates a maximum six-month extension of the filing deadline. To implement the statute with minimal burden to the public and FinCEN, FinCEN will grant filers failing to meet the FBAR annual due date of April 15 an automatic extension to October 15 each year.
Accordingly, specific requests for this extension are not required. (Please note: The due date for FBAR filings for foreign financial accounts maintained during calendar year 2016 is April 18, 2017, consistent with the Federal income tax due date.)