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New IRS Form for Overseas Taxpayers

March 7, 2012

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) of the United States informs you that U.S. taxpayers abroad will need to report specified foreign financial assets on Form 8938 beginning with this tax filing season (year 2011).

  • Form 8938: (Statement of Specified Foreign Financial Assets) should be filed by taxpayers with specific types and amounts of foreign financial assets or foreign accounts. It is important for taxpayers to determine whether they are subject to this new requirement because the law imposes significant penalties for failing to comply.
  • Form 8938, the instructions, regulations implementing this new foreign asset report, and other information to help taxpayers determine if they are required to file Form 8938 is available on the web.

Have you registered and requested an absentee ballot to vote this year?

Go to the website of the Federal Voting Assistance Program for online registration and absentee ballot request assistance. Watch a video of the Overseas Voting Foundation on the online voter registration services available to you now.

You can stay in touch and get Embassy updates by checking the U.S. Embassy Bujumbura website. You can also get global updates at the U.S. Department of State's, Bureau of Consular Affairs website where you can find the current Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Country Specific Information. If you do not have Internet access, we have a call center for updates--1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada, or from other countries on a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444. These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except federal holidays).

The U.S. Embassy in Bujumbura encourages U.S. citizens to enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program for the most up-to-date security information. Keep all of your information in STEP up to date by maintaining your current phone numbers and email addresses where you can be reached in case of an emergency. U.S. citizens may also download our free Smart Traveler I-phone App to have travel information at their fingertips.

The U.S. Embassy is located on Avenue des Etats-Unis; the mailing address is B.P: 1720 Bujumbura, Burundi. The phone number is (257) 22-20-70-00, fax (257) 22-22-29-26, and email BujumburaC@state.gov. U.S. Citizens Services hours are Mondays and Wednesday from 09:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and Fridays from 09:00 a.m. until 10:30, except on U.S. and Burundian holidays. For emergencies after regular business hours, please call (257) 79-93-88-41.