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Understanding the "Overseas Financial Accounts Report" in Korea

The Overseas Financial Accounts Report is a regulatory requirement not only for Korean nationals but also for foreigners residing in Korea for an extended period. Specifically, this obligation applies to non-Korean residents who have lived in the country for more than five years within the past decade.

The purpose of this report is not to levy taxes but to ensure transparency in financial holdings. Compliance is achieved simply through the act of reporting, not through payment. However, non-compliance can lead to hefty fines. For unreported amounts up to KRW 2 billion, the penalty can be as high as 10% of the undisclosed sum. Fortunately, there is a provision that allows for late reporting of overseas financial account information before the National Tax Service imposes any fines.

Foreign nationals become subject to this reporting duty if they have resided in Korea for over five years between January 1, 2014, and December 31, 2023, are residents of Korea as of December 31, 2023, and had overseas financial accounta exceeding KRW 500 million on any month-end in 2023. The types of financial accounts that must be reported include deposits, savings, bonds, cash, securities and derivatives, insurance products, and virtual assets.

This reporting system underscores Korea's commitment to financial transparency and its efforts to align with global financial regulations. It is crucial for all residents, Korean or foreign, to be aware of these obligations to avoid significant penalties. For those who meet the criteria, timely compliance is key.

For further assistance or clarification on the Overseas Financial Accounts Report, it is advisable to consult with a professional tax advisor who can provide guidance tailored to individual circumstances. Compliance ensures peace of mind and contributes to the integrity of Korea's financial system.


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