Hedge Funds and Managers Must File Foreign Bank Account Reports by June 30, 2012

Every U.S. person or entity that had either a financial interest in, or signatory authority or other authority over, a financial account in a foreign country must file Form TD F 90-22.1 (Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts), commonly referred to as an “FBAR,” if the aggregate value of such account(s) exceeded USD $10,000 at any time during calendar year 2011.  In a guest article, Joseph Pacello, a tax principal at Rothstein Kass, and Deirdre Joyce, a senior international tax manager at Rothstein Kass, discuss, with respect to FBAR filings: imminent filing deadlines; key definitions; notable changes for 2010 and subsequent year reporting; FBAR constructive ownership rules; significant penalties for failure to file; the 2012 offshore voluntary disclosure program; six specific examples of FBAR reporting requirements; and filing instructions.  The article concludes with a chart comparing Form 8938 and FBAR filing requirements.

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