Automatic Extension of FBAR Deadline

Automatic Extension of FBAR Deadline

Automatic Extension of FBAR 

FBAR Automatic Extension 2021: Even though the FBAR is not a tax form, since 2003 the Internal Revenue Service has taken over enforcement of the FBAR (aka FinCEN Form 114). The FBAR is filed each year by US Persons such as Individuals, Trusts and Entities who meet the threshold requirements for reporting the maximum value of their Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts. In prior years, the FBAR filing due date was June 30 — without any opportunity for extension. A few years back, the rule was changed so that the FBAR due date was moved to coincide with US Tax Return filing requirements — April 15. But, in order to give Taxpayers an opportunity to get into the habit of filing an annual FBAR timely (even though the form is been around for over 50-years — enforcement is relatively new), the FBAR is (currently) on automatic extension.

FBAR Deadline Automatic Extension IRS Summary

As provided by the IRS:

      • WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service is reminding U.S. citizens, resident aliens and any domestic legal entity that the deadline to file their annual Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts (FBAR) is still April 15, 2021.

        • The extension of the federal income tax filing due date and other tax deadlines for individuals to May 17, 2021, does not affect the FBAR requirement.

        • However, filers missing the April 15 deadline will receive an automatic extension until October 15, 2021, to file the FBAR. They don’t need to request the extension.

Who must report

      • The Bank Secrecy Act requires U.S. persons to file a FBAR if they have:

        • Financial interest in, signature authority or other authority over one or more accounts, such as a bank account, brokerage account, mutual fund or other financial account in a foreign country, and

        • The aggregate value of all foreign financial accounts exceeds $10,000 at any time during the calendar year.

        • Because of this threshold, the IRS encourages U.S. persons or entities with foreign accounts, even relatively small ones, to check if this filing requirement applies to them.

        • A U.S. person is a citizen or resident of the United States or any domestic legal entity such as a partnership, corporation, limited liability company, estate or trust.

        • The 2021 FBAR must be filed electronically with the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) and is only available through the BSA E-Filing System website. Taxpayers who are unable to e-file their FBAR must call FinCEN at 800-949-2732, from outside the U.S. at 703-905-3975.

Penalties for failure to file an FBAR

To help avoid delays with tax refunds, taxpayers living abroad should visit Helpful Tips for Effectively Receiving a Tax Refund for Taxpayers Living Abroad on

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