You need to be prepared for the difference between the way the IRS track and enforce compliance in the U.S. and how it is different from your home country.
Deadlines are hard deadlines. Failure to file returns by the due date does carry heavy penalties. The due date for personal returns for residents living in the U.S. is April 15 and the extended due date is October 15. The due date for personal returns for residents living outside of the U.S. and non residents is June 15 and the extended due date is December 15.
For residents living outside of the U.S. thought needs to be given to timing of when to file their source country tax return to ensure they can file timely in both countries.
The IRS is not a bank. They do not have a relaxed attitude when it comes to the late payment of income taxes. If you have readily discernible assets, like cash, and you do not have a good reason for late payment of tax, they will enforce the right to withdraw those funds from your bank account. You need to plan your compliance and cash flow on a global basis to ensure that you are filing timely in each country in which you have an obligation to file a tax return and that you have sufficient cash to pay tax at the different times of the year.
Ownership of foreign structures and assets can result in extensive and complex information reporting. These forms must be filed with your tax returns and need to contain accurate information that is compliant with the U.S. tax law, not the laws of your home country.
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