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Old Apr 2nd 2015, 5:47 pm
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Hi everyone,

I got married to a US citizen last year and am considered a resident for tax purposes (just submitted our return as married filing jointly). I had a foreign bank account >$10,000 in the last year so as far as I know I am now required to file an FBAR. This account is only in my name, so I am wondering if I need to mention my spouse anywhere in the FBAR? I don't think he needs to file anything since it is not a joint account.

Thanks for any input!!
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Old Apr 2nd 2015, 5:56 pm
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Hi everyone,

I got married to a US citizen last year and am considered a resident for tax purposes (just submitted our return as married filing jointly). I had a foreign bank account >$10,000 in the last year so as far as I know I am now required to file an FBAR. This account is only in my name, so I am wondering if I need to mention my spouse anywhere in the FBAR? I don't think he needs to file anything since it is not a joint account.

Thanks for any input!!
As far as I know that is correct. I have a savings account in my name only in the UK and when I file FBAR I don't mention my wife as she has no signature authority over it, and no accounts of her own in the UK.
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Old Apr 2nd 2015, 7:21 pm
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You are fine.

When you complete the FBAR there are separate pages for accounts owned solely and those owned jointly. You only need to mention your spouse where they are a joint account holder, and then only in reference to that account.
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Thanks guys! Glad to know I'm on the right path.
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Old Apr 4th 2015, 5:39 pm
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I got married to a US citizen last year and am considered a resident for tax purposes (just submitted our return as married filing jointly). I had a foreign bank account >$10,000 in the last year so as far as I know I am now required to file an FBAR. This account is only in my name, so I am wondering if I need to mention my spouse anywhere in the FBAR? I don't think he needs to file anything since it is not a joint account.

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That sounds correct to me, assuming he has no signatory authority on that account of yours.
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That sounds correct to me, assuming he has no signatory authority on that account of yours.
He does not. Unless the fact that we're married automatically implies that (signatory authority)?
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He does not. Unless the fact that we're married automatically implies that (signatory authority)?
It doesn't, you have to go to extra lengths to give signatory authority to someone else. For example my wife and I have IRA's and have set up "Agent Authorisation" for each other.
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