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    United States Tax and FATCA Compliance

  • FBAR and FATCA

    Implemented in 2014, FATCA requires that both Americans and their foreign banks update the US Treasury on their accounts each year. The penalties for non-compliance are high but staying current is easy. Foreign income and housing expenses can be excluded from taxable income and credits are available for foreign taxes.

  • Why worry?

    Annual penalties for failing to disclose foreign bank accounts start at $14,489 and increase to 50% of foreign account values. Owners of undeclared foreign corporations and business entities face similar penalties. If the IRS believes you owe more than $51,000 in unpaid tax your passport will be revoked and you could be detained at customs on re-entry.


    American citizens and green card holders are required to file a tax return each year they receive the equivalent of $12,200 in regular income, or $400 in self-employment income.


    Additional reporting requirements must be met if one's foreign account balances exceeded $10,000 at any point during the year, if one owned 10% or more of a corporation based outside of the United States, or if one held more than $25,000 in funds organized outside of the US.


    Citizens and Permanent Residents qualify for special deadlines if their tax residence is outside of the United States. (IR-2017-105)


    July 15th, 2020. US citizens living overseas have received an automatic three month extension to file their taxes.


    Foreign account holders who cross a $10,000 FBAR reporting threshold are required to file a separate report with the US Treasury by October 15th, 2019.

    What to do?

    The IRS will not impose penalties when the absence of liability is properly reported on a late return. Even if you have never filed, we can in most cases eliminate your US tax liability retroactively by claiming unused exclusions and foreign tax credits.


    If you haven't already been contacted by the IRS you may still qualify for tax amnesty programs such as the "Streamlined Foreign Offshore Procedure" which waives the accumulated penalties for eligible U.S. taxpayers.

  • All you have to do is file

    An overwhelming majority of Americans living abroad will pay no US tax on their foreign income. You just have to file.

  • The Accountancy

    Our workflow is entirely electronic. Regardless of your location, everything can be completed entirely online.


    Call, email, or book an appointment in one of our offices to get more information. Communication will be protected by attorney-client privilege.

    Michael de Sarro, E.A., C.A.A.


    Member: American Chamber of Commerce Working Committee in Taxation, National Association of Enrolled Agents, National Association of Tax Professionals

    Registered: US Dept of Treasury, Internal Revenue Service, NY Dept of Taxation and Finance, Financial Industry Regulatory Authority

    Alumnus: University of California at Berkeley


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  • Contact

    In many cases we can provide a free tax and penalty estimate to callers who can approximate their annual income by source.


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    We will be in touch the same or next business day.

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  • Pricing

    Pricing is by form and use of forms is kept to a minimum. We employ additional forms beyond those required only when their use activates additional tax deductions or credits and there is a net financial benefit to our clients.


    Clients of Accountancy Saint-Paul enjoy professional counsel throughout the year without any additional fee. Representation before the IRS is billed hourly.


    Call or email to discuss your situation and receive current pricing info.

  • Questions & Answers

    The Internal Revenue Code is complicated. The answers below are written to be general enough to provide basic expectations in the most common situations, and reflect careful application of the law by proper choice of method and form. These are not DIY solutions. They describe the result, not the process. If you believe you are subject to exceptional circumstances and/or want to learn more about the details and how they could apply to you, send us a message or contact your tax advisor.

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  • Services



    • US tax reporting of foreign income, foreign assets, foreign businesses, foreign pensions and tax-favored accounts, foreign inheritance and gifts, cryptocurrency and vesting options
    • FATCA/FinCEN reporting for individuals (Form W-9, W-8BEN, FBAR, FinCEN 114)
    • American investors in passive foreign investment companies and mutual funds (PFIC Form 8621)
    • Nonresident alien spouse complications (NRA)
    • Streamlined foreign offshore procedures (Form 14653)
    • Dual-status returns and Nonresident returns (Form 1040NR)
    • Accidental Americans
    • Social Security Number (SSN Form SS-5) issuance for foreign born children
    • US Citizenship relinquishment (DS-4079) or renunciation (Form 8854)


    • American control of foreign corporations and partnerships (CFC Form 5471)
    • GILTI tax calculation and exemption (Form 8992)
    • American control of foreign real estate companies and passthrough entities (SCI, FPE Form 8858, 8865, 8832)
    • Foreign SMEs and micro-multinationals doing business in the States (Form 1120F)
    • FATCA classification for foreign investors in the US (Form W-8BEN-E)
    • Reconciliation of IFRS to US GAAP
    • Nonresident control of US corporations (Form 5472)
    • US tax ID issuance for foreign corporations  (EIN Form SS-4) 
    • Bureau of Economic Analysis - BEA benchmark surveys (BE-10A, BE-10B, BE-10C, BE-10D, BE-10 Exemptions)

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