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May 30, 2016

US Expatriate Tax Return Due Date Deadlines

Several tax return deadlines are coming up very soon. Failure to meet these deadlines or file extensions can result in substantial penalties and other problems.

  • June 15, 2016: US Expat Tax Tax Return Deadline (without  applying for an extension)
This is the US expat deadline and also the deadline to file an additional extension until October 15. Remember that if you are required to file FATCA Form 8938 (to report your foreign assets), it must be filed along with your US expat tax return. If you file for an extension, the extension applies to Forms 5471, 8865, and  8938, as well.
  • June 30, 2016: Foreign Bank Account Report (FBAR) Filing Deadline
Form FinCEN 114 must be filed online using the BSA e-filing system. It is filed on line only and can easily be done by you if you are good with computers. No further extensions can be granted. Failure to timely file can result in a $10,000 penalty..
  • October 17, 2016: Final US Expat Tax Deadline
If you filed an extension prior to June 15th using form 4868 and marking the expat box  this is your final deadline. Normally the deadline is October 15th, but due to it falling on a Saturday the tax deadline is extended.  You can get a further extension if necessary by following the required procedure and sending a letter to the IRS which can give you until December 15, 2016 to file your return. This additional extension is discretionary with the IRS.
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