Taxpayer Reporting Requirements for Foreign Real Estate
Many U.S. taxpayers do not realize that they must report their worldwide income, regardless of whether they are living in the U.S. or abroad. If you are a U.S. Citizen or resident alien, you must report your worldwide income from whatever source, subject to the same income tax filing requirements that apply to U.S. Citizens or resident aliens living in the U.S.
This worldwide income reporting requirement also applies to income, such as rental proceeds, generated by real estate the taxpayer owns in a foreign country. A U.S. Taxpayer also must report on his or her U.S. Federal Income Tax Return the sale of real estate located in a foreign country.
Ownership of specified foreign assets, such as foreign bank accounts, often triggers certain tax reporting requirements. For example, a U.S. taxpayer who owns a foreign account must file a FinCEN Form 114, Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts (FBAR), if the aggregate value of the foreign accounts exceeds $10,000 at any time during the calendar year. Many taxpayers will also be required to file a Form 8938, Statement of Specific Foreign Financial Assets with his or her annual tax return depending on some specific threshold values.
Ownership of real estate, however, does not trigger these additional reporting requirements. As discussed above, a U.S. taxpayer will need to report any income generated from ownership or sale of the real estate. However, if the taxpayer merely owns real estate in a foreign country as a second or vacation home and does not generate income from the property, the taxpayer is not required to report this asset to the IRS.
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