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February 5, 2016


Form 14653 ( used then a taxpayer has not filed for many years forms required to report foreign  assets, bank accounts, foreign corporations, foreign trusts, etc) in which you must explain the reasons you did not willfully fail to file your tax forms reporting foreign assets has now been expanded to request much more information from applicants. Failure to use the new form asking this information may cause problems with your application which needs to be accompanied with last three year incorrect or past due returns and 6 year past  due amended or original FBAR forms (Form 1140  It now requests the following;

1. Provide specific reasons for your failure to report all income, pay all tax, and submit all required information returns, including FBARs. Include the whole story including favorable and unfavorable facts. 

2 Specific reasons, whether favorable or unfavorable to you, should include your personal background, financial background, and anything else you believe is relevant to your failure to report all income, pay all tax, and submit all required information returns, including FBARs.

3 Additionally, explain the source of funds in all of your foreign financial accounts/assets. For example, explain whether you inherited the account/asset, whether you opened it while residing in a foreign country, or whether you had a business reason to open or use it. And explain your contacts with the account/asset including withdrawals, deposits, and investment/ management decisions. Provide a complete story about your foreign financial account/asset. If you relied on a professional advisor, provide the name, address, and telephone number of the advisor and a summary of the advice.

4  If married taxpayers submitting a joint certification have different reasons, provide the individual reasons for each spouse separately in the statement of facts.

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