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September 30, 2011

IRS Releases Draft of Instructions to Form 8938- 2011 Required Tax Form to Report Foreign Financial Assets

The IRS has released draft instructions to Form 8938. Form 8938 must be filed with your 2011 income tax return to report  Foreign Financial Assets if the total value of those assets exceed a reporting thresholds. Read the draft instructions here.    What ever happened to the IRS Paperwork Reduction Act which to our knowledge was never repealed. See the current IRS draft of Form 8938.  

It is interesting to note you do not have to report your ownership of foreign real estate unless it is held in a foreign trust, corporation, etc.   At this point in time, it also appears you do not have to report any gold or other assets buried in your back yard (abroad) or held in your personal safe in your offshore villa.

These drafts are still subject to revision before the end of 2011.

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