Your Unfiled FBARs

New York City

Perhaps you were born and raised in the United States, but left years ago to make a life in another country. You never thought about filing tax returns in the United States because you did not live here. Then one day your bank informs you that your name and Social Security number, as well as the value of your accounts, has been given to the IRS. You wonder why, and with a little Googling you discover that your obligation to file a US tax return never ended. You also discover, with shock and horror, that you might be on the hook for massive penalties for failing to file something called an FBAR.

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