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Tax Message for U.S. Citizens
 

Dear American Citizens,

It’s tax time again and the IRS has implemented a change in form for some types of foreign financial assets or accounts.  Please click on the link provided to assess if you will be affected by this change.  The message from the IRS follows below:

The 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 at:
http://www.irs.gov/businesses/corporations/article/0,,id=23666
7,00.html. 

Remember, if you are a U.S. citizen or resident alien residing overseas, or are in the military on duty outside the U.S., on the regular due date of your return, you are allowed an automatic 2-month extension to file your return and pay any amount due without requesting an extension. For a calendar year return, the automatic 2-month extension is to June 15.

For more information on all tax related topics, please visit http://www.irs.gov/businesses/small/international/article/0,,id=97324,00.html

Warm Regards,
Stacey Ba
Consular Officer, U.S. Embassy Nouakchott


You can stay in touch and get Embassy updates by checking the U.S. Embassy Nouakchott web site (http://mauritania.usembassy.gov/).  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 (http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/cis/cis_966.html). 

If you don't have internet access, we have a call center for updates--1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the U.S. and Canada, or outside the U.S. and Canada 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). 

If you are going to live in or travel to Mauritania, please take the time to tell us about your trip by enrolling in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program ( STEP - https://travelregistration.state.gov/ibrs/ui/). If you enroll, we can keep you up to date with important safety and security announcements.  It will also help your friends and family get in touch with you in an emergency.  You should remember to keep all of your information in STEP up to date.  It is important during enrollment or updating of information to include your current phone number and current email address where you can be reached in case of an emergency.

The U.S. Embassy in Nouakchott is located between the Presidency building and the Spanish Embassy on Rue Abdallaye.  The postal address is B.P. 222, Nouakchott, telephone (222) 4-525-2660/2663, 4-525-1141/45, or 4-525-3038 (ext. 5441), and fax (222) 4-525-1592.  For after-hours emergencies, please call (222) 4-525-3288.