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Regarding tax filing: I am a dual citizen and have a foreign

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Regarding tax filing:
I am a dual citizen and have a foreign bank account (account "a") that requires me to fill in the FinCEN 114 Form (FBAR) because I had a little over $10,000 during 2015. Must I also file form 8938? Are there any other forms I should be filing for this account?
I also have limited access to another foreign account (account "b") which had more than $50,000 during 2015. I can withdraw from and deposit into account "b" but I cannot close this account or invest the money. Should I be filing anything for account "b"?
Submitted: 8 months ago.
Category: Tax
Expert:  Robin D. replied 8 months ago.

Hello

Sometimes you have to complete both the FinCen 114 and the 8938. It depends on the amount in the account so if you meet the amount and type for both forms file them both.

If you can withdraw from and deposit into an account (account b) then report the account. You appear to have enough control that you should be reporting it.

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Customer: replied 8 months ago.
Can you confirm that account "a" (more than $10,000 but less than $50,000) only requires FBAR?
Can you confirm that account "b" (more than $50,000) requires both?
I have recently discovered that account "b" had more than $50,000 in 2014 as well. How should I amend last year's filing?
Expert:  Robin D. replied 8 months ago.

Taxpayers with a total value of specified foreign financial assets below a certain threshold do not have to file Form 8938.

If the total value is at or below $50,000 at the end of the tax year, there is no reporting requirement for the year, unless the total value was more than $75,000 at any time during the tax year

Expert:  Robin D. replied 8 months ago.

If you did not file for 2014 then amend the 2014 (form 1040X return and attach the 8938). you can also send the FINCEN 114 for 2014

Expert:  Robin D. replied 8 months ago.

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Customer: replied 8 months ago.
I did not forget to rate your answer. I will be trying to file the forms today and want to see if I have any last follow-up questions before I do.Thank you.
Expert:  Robin D. replied 8 months ago.

You can always come back (even after you rate) this is not erased but thanks for letting me know.