Foreign Asset Information Reporting Requirements: Filing Thresholds, Reconciling Forms, Entity Classifications

Fundamentals of Offshore Ownership Disclosures: FATCA, FBAR, Business Holdings on Forms 5471 and 8858

A live 110-minute CPE webinar with interactive Q&A


Wednesday, November 20, 2019

1:00pm-2:50pm EST, 10:00am-11:50am PST

Early Registration Discount Deadline, Friday, October 25, 2019

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This webinar will provide tax advisers and compliance professionals with a sound foundation on the complex foreign asset information reporting requirements for individual taxpayers. The webinar will identify specific classes of offshore ownership interests that require tax reporting when held by individuals subject to U.S. tax jurisdiction, detail the reporting forms specific to asset types, and discuss the intersection of tax reporting and anti-money laundering.

Description

The complex framework of the foreign tax information reporting obligations the United States imposes on individuals subject to its tax jurisdiction can be broken down into two broad categories: asset/information reporting and income/tax calculations. For U.S. taxpayers with business or investment activities located outside the United States, the tax law requires detailed information reporting to identify those assets that may generate taxable income. Determining whether a U.S. taxpayer has filing requirements can present a challenge to even seasoned tax advisers.

For tax advisers serving U.S. taxpayers with offshore interests, the information reporting obligations are often as complex as the actual tax calculations. Determining whether a taxpayer has to report offshore holdings often depends on recognizing the U.S. tax law classification of the asset, as well as identifying relevant thresholds that require disclosure. Further complicating matters is that different forms carry different reporting thresholds, even for the same asset holding.

The IRS uses information reporting to determine potential tax noncompliance due to either sheltering or nondisclosure. The U.S. is a signatory to agreements with numerous countries to facilitate tax and asset disclosures among its citizens. The IRS will reconcile various information reporting filings with other asset disclosures such as the FBAR (FinCen Form 114).

Listen as our expert panel provides a solid grounding in the basics of U.S. foreign tax reporting and the identification of reporting requirements, thresholds, and rules.

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Outline

  1. Overview of U.S. information reporting requirements for offshore assets and activities
    1. FBAR and FinCen structure
    2. U.S. information-sharing structures with other countries
    3. Tax avoidance prevention
  2. Required disclosures for cash assets and overlap in reporting
    1. FBAR
    2. FATCA Form 8938
    3. Different reporting thresholds
  3. Forms used for reporting interests in foreign businesses
    1. Corporate ownership: Form 547
    2. Asset transfers to a foreign business entity: Form 926
    3. PFIC: Form 8621
    4. Foreign partnerships: Form 8865
    5. Disregarded entities: Form 8858
  4. Required disclosures of trust interests: Forms 3520, 3520-A
  5. Reconciling entity classification for U.S. tax purposes

Benefits

The panel will discuss these and other relevant topics:

  • How U.S. foreign tax reporting is structured for both inbound and outbound activities
  • Types of information filings and how they intersect with one another and with income filings
  • Coordination between the U.S. and other countries in identifying assets
  • Thresholds for filing requirements

Faculty

Dougherty, Alison
Alison N. Dougherty, J.D., LL.M.

Director, Tax Services
Aronson

Ms. Dougherty specializes in U.S. international tax reporting, compliance, consulting, planning, and structuring as a...  |  Read More

Kennedy-C. Edward
C. Edward Kennedy, Jr., CPA, JD

Managing Director
C Edward Kennedy Jr

Mr. Kennedy has more than 36 years of experience dealing with a variety of international tax matters, specializing in...  |  Read More

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