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Does having foreign bank accounts (assets don’t exceed $10,000) restrict me to use 1040 to file return and report interest earned? I satisfy 1040EZ conditions otherwise.

I don’t need to file 8938 or FinCEN Form 114 because my combined foreign accounts don’t exceed $10,000 but TurboTax is asking me to upgrade to deluxe and file 1040. Is it really necessary to file the longer form? Because I satisfy all the 1040EZ conditions. Is it because I need to declare my foreign assets on my tax return and that can only be done on 1040?

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Does having foreign bank accounts (assets don’t exceed $10,000) restrict me to use 1040 to file return and report interest earned? I satisfy 1040EZ conditions otherwise.

Yes, that is correct.  Because there is a disclosure requirement for foreign bank accounts, this information is reported using the long Form 1040.

Here is what the IRS states:

If you have a foreign account you must report this on your tax return.

The taxpayer must disclose whether or not there is a financial interest, or signature authority over, a financial account or trust, in a foreign country.  If your answer is Yes to any of these then this information is reported on Part III of Schedule B.

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Does having foreign bank accounts (assets don’t exceed $10,000) restrict me to use 1040 to file return and report interest earned? I satisfy 1040EZ conditions otherwise.

Yes, that is correct.  Because there is a disclosure requirement for foreign bank accounts, this information is reported using the long Form 1040.

Here is what the IRS states:

If you have a foreign account you must report this on your tax return.

The taxpayer must disclose whether or not there is a financial interest, or signature authority over, a financial account or trust, in a foreign country.  If your answer is Yes to any of these then this information is reported on Part III of Schedule B.

Does having foreign bank accounts (assets don’t exceed $10,000) restrict me to use 1040 to file return and report interest earned? I satisfy 1040EZ conditions otherwise.

Schedule B can be submitted with Form 1040A as well, so why does TuboTax require Deluxe Upgrade?
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