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Everything You Need to Know About Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts (FBAR)

  • Accountant
  • AFSP
  • CRTP
  • CPA (US)
  • EA
  • ORTP
  • Maryland Tax Prep.
  • CWS

Published: June, 2022

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Course Description


  • What is an FBAR?
    3 mins
  • How to approach FBAR issues / Resources
    7 mins
  • Foreign financial accounts
    16 mins
  • Calculating the filing threshold
    33 mins
  • Options for getting into compliance
    48 mins
  • Who must file an FBAR?
    62 mins

Course Description

Understanding FBAR matters can create a whole new line of business for tax advisors, enrolled agents, and return preparers seeking to expand their US tax practice. Don’t lose potential clients because you do not fully understand FBAR. FBAR matters have grown in importance ever since 2007 with the tax evasion scandal surrounding UBS and the whistleblower Bradley Birkenfeld who helped scores of Americans hide from the taxman with secret offshore accounts. The IRS is aggressively seeking FBAR penalties and many cases are getting to the courts. Tax professionals need to understand FBAR matters now more than ever and this CPE course provides all that you need. 

This course will provide an in-depth examination of the overall framework and rules surrounding the FBAR. A major problem faced by practitioners is the fact that official FBAR information is not comprehensive. Some guidance is issued by the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), while another guidance is issued by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS); the courts have been called in to interpret the statutory terms.  

This Online CPE/CE Tax course neatly summarizes the numerous and different sources of guidance starting with the Bank Secrecy Act and its implementing regulations, moving on to the FBAR instructions and IRS guidance. Court cases are examined so professionals can obtain a clear and concise understanding of what is meant by a “willful” v. “nonwillful” FBAR violations or if a taxpayer had “reasonable cause” for the FBAR noncompliance. These are critical concepts required in making the decision how to proceed and providing your client with a sound recommendation as to how to regain FBAR compliance. 

Learning Objectives

  • Learn what the FBAR is and what it is not (for example, it does not mean FATCA or that tax is due) but failing to file it correctly can mean steep penalties. 
  • Learn who must file the FBAR, when it must be filed, and which financial accounts must be reported on this form (many surprises await you).  
  • Learn the meaning of core terms such as who is a “US person” having a “financial interest in” or “signature authority over” a “foreign financial account”.  
  • Learn what FBAR requires when it comes to joint accounts when parties have joint signature authority or hold powers of attorney.  
  • Learn the rules for FBAR filing when an individual is treated as having a “financial interest” in foreign accounts owned by foreign entities (e.g., a foreign corporation, trust, or partnership) with which the individual has some kind of relationship. Understand the exceptions and how to use them.
  • Learn how to calculate the filing threshold and report the maximum values for FBAR purposes. 
  • Learn how to address unique situations such as FBAR issues arising for children, and with NRA and US spouses, community property jurisdictions, and the issues raised with community property.
  • Learn about the FBAR penalties and how to try to get them abated.  Learn the current IRS procedures for regaining FBAR compliance, correcting for delinquent or improperly completed FBARs. Learn how to critically analyze real-world cases.

Recommended For

  • This IRS-Approved CE course is recommended for CPAs, EAs, AFSPs, Bank Managers, Compliance Officers, Information Reporting Officers, Tax Managers, CFOs, Controllers, Accounting Managers, Auditors, Compliance Managers, and Risk Managers who want to know everything about reporting of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts (FBAR).

Who Should Attend?

  • Annual Filing Season Program
  • Bookkeepers & Accountants & Tax Preparers
  • California Registered Tax Professional
  • Certified Public Accountant (CPA)
  • CPA (Industry)
  • CPA - Large Firm
  • CPA - Mid Size Firm
  • CPA - Small Firm
  • Enrolled Agent
  • Maryland Tax Preparers
  • Oregon Tax Preparers
  • Tax Professionals
  • Young CPA

Course Qualification

Webinar Qualifies For

  • 1.5 General Credit for Accountant/Bookeeper
  • 1 CE Credit of Federal tax-related matters for Annual Filing Season Program (AFSP)
  • 1 CE Credit of Federal tax-related matters for California Registered Tax Preparers (CRTP) (Approval No. GEHNZ-T-01109-22-S)
  • 1 CE Credit of Federal tax-related matters for Enrolled Agents (EA) (Approval No. GEHNZ-T-01109-22-S)
  • 1 CE Credit of Federal tax-related matters for Oregon Registered Tax Preparers (ORTP) (Approval No. 6273-CE-0929)
  • 1 CE Credit of Federal tax-related matters for Maryland Tax Preparer (MRTP) (Approval No. GEHNZ-T-01109-22-S)
  • 1.5 CPE Credit of Taxes for Certified Public Accountants (CPA-US)
  • 1.5 CE Credit for Certified Fiduciary & Investment Risk Specialist (CFIRS)
  • 1.5 CE Credit for Certified Wealth Strategist (CWS)

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About Presenter

With over 35 years of US tax and international experience, Virginia has been a member of the NYS Bar since 1984. Practicing US tax overseas since 1986, Virginia’s practice has focused on clients in Asia and the Middle East. She provides expert insight into tax planning and compliance for American expats and foreign persons having any US connections.

Virginia has an expertise in cross-border transactions and structuring, FATCA, regaining US tax compliance with previously unreported foreign income, assets or accounts, expatriation tax planning, and providing specialist advice for international families in numerous areas of US international tax. Working with tax and attorney colleagues across the globe, Virginia excels in solving cross-border and multi-jurisdictional tax matters and has developed a unique and sought-after specialty in analyzing the US tax consequences of transactions involving Sharia law and the use of UAE “foundations” in US tax planning.

Virginia’s tax advice is highly knowledgeable, reliable and solution-focused. Having assisted Asian and Middle Eastern families for decades, she appreciates the sensitive and special situations involved in multi-national families. Virginia has worked with international law and accounting firms (Deloitte), major banks (including HSBC), and trust companies. Early in her career she worked with the top-tier NY law firm, Willkie Farr & Gallagher.

Virginia is a Bloomberg tax author and an avid tax blogger for many years; her work is highly regarded and recognized internationally. Her Twitter Account @VLJeker has been listed in Forbes, Top 100 Must-Follow Tax Twitter Accounts and she is named by Bloomberg as a tax professional to follow on LinkedIn. Tax Notes International recognized Virginia as a preeminent US tax professional, profiling her international tax practice (here). Listen to a short podcast posted in Forbes to hear Virginia discuss how she established her tax practice abroad, the challenge of balancing family life with career, and recent international tax issues.

Virginia has been quoted in the New York Times, Newsweek and the Wall Street Journal and is regularly quoted in local news and publications. Virginia has a passion for US international tax and her contributions to the field are prolific: interviewed by CNN, local television appearances, regularly speaking at conferences and seminars, and publishing a vast array of scholarly works on US tax issues, some of which have been referenced by other attorneys or organizations both to the US courts and US Congress


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Ratings and Review


14 Ratings



Very Good









John Dayries, CPA (US)

Jun 15th, 2022

The course contains pertinent, practical and actionable information and advice for filing FBARs. The instructor is among the best of all that I've seen on myCPE.com. Overall, an excellent course.


Brian Smith, CPA (US)

Jun 13th, 2022

I thought this was an excellent presentation.

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