Instructions for 
Form 8938 - Notices

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Paperwork Reduction Act Notice

We ask for the information on this form to carry out the Internal Revenue laws of the United States. Section 6038D requires specified individuals and, upon issuance of regulations, specified domestic entities to report specified foreign financial assets in which they have an interest. Form 8938 is used to comply with this reporting requirement.

You are not required to provide the information requested on a form that is subject to the Paperwork Reduction Act unless the form displays a valid OMB control number. Books or records relating to a form or its instructions must be retained as long as their contents may become material in the administration of any Internal Revenue law. Generally, tax returns and return information are confidential, as required by section 6103.

The time needed to complete and file the form will vary depending on individual circumstances. The estimated average times are:

Learning about  
the law or the form
57 min.
Preparing the form 2 hrs., 52 min.
and sending the  
form to the IRS
48 min.

If you have comments concerning the accuracy of this time estimate or suggestions for making this form simpler, we would be happy to hear from you. See the instructions for the tax return with which this form is filed.

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