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Don’t Forget to File Your Foreign Bank Account Return

By:  Amanda Wilson

If you have a foreign bank account (or signatory authority on a foreign bank account), you are required to file a Form 114 (commonly called an FBAR) if at any point during the calendar year the combined balance in all of your foreign accounts exceeds $10,000.  Failure to file the FBAR can result in hefty penalties and even criminal charges.  I previously discussed FBARS here.

Why am I bringing this up again?  Because the filing deadline was moved from June 30th to April 15th, and the government granted all filers an automatic 6 month extension to October 15th.  So if you have not filed your FBAR yet, make sure you do so before October 15th.  The form is filed electronically here.

New Filing Date for Foreign Bank Account Return

istock-tax-blog-cliffBy:  Amanda Wilson

If you have a foreign bank account (or signatory authority on a foreign bank account), you are required to file a Form 114 (commonly called an FBAR) if at any point during the calendar year the combined balance in all of your foreign accounts exceeds $10,000.  Failure to file the FBAR can result in hefty penalties and even criminal charges.  I previously discussed FBARS here.

Why am I bringing this up again?  Because the filing deadline has moved from June 30th to April 15th.  The good news, though, is that the government is granting all filers an automatic 6 month extension to October 15th.   No extension request is necessary.

A New Year’s (Awaiting) Resolution

How FASB’s Change to “Materiality” Could Materially Change 2016

By: Peter Simmons and Amanda Wilson

As we close the books on the first chapter of our 2016 year, many investors cling to their New Year’s resolutions, hoping to make a material change that catalyzes a happy, healthy, and productive New Year. Yet it is a proposed change to “materiality” that the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) hopes to implement that may undercut the efforts of these inspirited investors. The proposal would effectively transform the definition of “materiality,” which defines the information companies have a duty to share with investors. This change to “materiality” could lead to material consequences in the world of financial reporting.

Under FASB’s current rules, information is deemed material if omitting or misstating it could influence investment decisions made by users…to continue reading, click here.

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