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About willowhands

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  • Location Berlin
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  1. Can’t answer that for you. I find American taxes so much more complicated than German and really didn’t want to mess the amnesty process up so I chose to pay professionals to take care of it for me. The only thing they didn’t do was write the apology statement for me, as it really does have to be a personal statement.  My case was different than yours though, as I had to back-file taxes as well. Perhaps filing only FBARs is much simpler?
  2. When I wrote mine it was more the latter. “Had no idea, I promise to never forget this again etc” worked just fine, and my tax people also approved that it was appropriate.