FBAR Compliance for U.S. Entities

For FBAR compliance purposes, a “U.S. person” includes U.S. citizens, U.S. residents, and entities which include corporations, partnerships, limited liability companies, trusts, and estate formed under the laws of the United States. Such entities must file FBARs if they have financial interest in a bank, securities or other financial account located in a foreign country.

Financial Interest: Owner of record or holder of legal title

A domestic entity has a financial interest in a foreign financial account for which the entity is the owner of record or has legal title, regardless of whether that account is maintained for its benefit or the benefit of another.

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FIRPTA Non-foreign Seller’s Certification

Previously, we discussed the general FIRPTA withholding requirements. Here we discuss the process where a seller is a U.S. tax resident and certifies his non-foreign status to the buyer.

FIRPTA: Non-U.S. Person

Withholding on a real estate transaction is required only if the seller is a non-U.S. person. IRC 7701 defines a “U.S. person” as one who meets any one of the following requirements:

  • Is a United States citizen;
  • Is a lawfully admitted permanent resident (“green card” holder); or
  • Meets the substantial presence test

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