1041-US: Exchange rate used on Form 5471 (FAQ)

Alerts and notices
Leave feedback

Internal Employees: Submit feedback

Contact information (optional):

Leave this blank:

Please tell us how we can make this information more helpful.


Characters left:

MFA required for electronic filing

Effective May 3rd, the 2017 version of UltraTax CS requires multi-factor authentication (MFA) to access the electronic filing transmission feature in CS Connect.

Thomson Reuters is committed to proactively evolving our security features to help you protect your firm and your clients' data. For more information about multi-factor authentication, see Multi-factor authentication overview.

Question

What exchange rate is used on Form 5471?

Answer

Per the Form 5471 instructions for Reporting Exchange Rates on Form 5471, "When translating amounts from functional currency to U.S. dollars, you must use the method specified in these instructions … But, regardless of the specific method required, all exchange rates must be reported using a 'divide-by convention' rounded to at least 4 places. That is, the exchange rate must be reported in terms of the amount by which the functional currency amount must be divided to reflect an equivalent amount of U.S. dollars. As such, the exchange rate must be reported as the units of foreign currency that equal one U.S. dollar, rounded to at least 4 places. Do not report the exchange rate as the number of U.S. dollars that equal one unit of foreign currency."

Therefore, UltraTax CS uses the "divide-by convention" (the units of foreign currency that equal one U.S. dollar) to translate amounts entered on the various screens in the 5471 folder to U.S. dollars. UltraTax CS also displays this "divide-by convention" exchange rate on Form 5471, Schedules H and M.

Related topic: 1041-US: Form 5472 FAQs

Share This