The IRS has issued a fact sheet on filing Form 90-22.1, Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts (FBARs) to start the New Year. The FBAR fact sheet adds nothing to the sum of our knowledge on FBARs simply stating the obvious. For example, it states:
If you own or have authority over a foreign financial account, including a bank account, brokerage account, mutual fund or other type of financial account, you may be required to report the account yearly to the Department of the Treasury. Under the Bank Secrecy Act, each United States person must file a Form TD F 90-22.1, Report of Foreign Bank and financial Accounts (FBAR), if:
• The person has a financial interest in, or signature authority (or other authority that is comparable to signature authority) over one or more accounts in a foreign country, and • The aggregate value of all foreign financial accounts exceeds $10,000 at any time during the calendar year.
Hardly earth shattering. On the other hand these IRS fact sheets are generally intended to provide basic information to individuals unfamiliar with an area of tax law.