This GMS Flash Alert reports on the latest FBAR developments/updates.
The U.S. Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) recently announced that it will grant individuals who are required to file FinCEN Form 114, Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts (the FBAR), but who fail to meet the annual due date of April 15, an automatic extension to October 15 each year.1 Thus, filers are not required to make a specific request for an extension of time.
FinCEN also announced that the due date for the 2016 calendar year FBAR is April 18, 2017, consistent with the 2016 federal income tax return due date.
(For prior coverage of FBAR developments, see GMS Flash Alert 2015-097 (August 5, 2015).)
The Surface Transportation and Veterans Health Care Choice Improvement Act of 20152 changed the FBAR due date from June 30 to April 15 to coincide with the due date for filing an individual income tax return. The Act also contained a provision granting FBAR filers the ability to request a six-month extension to October 15 to file the form.
Prior to this announcement, it was unclear as to how an FBAR filer would request an extension. Additionally, since the FBAR is not an IRS form and is filed electronically, prior to this announcement it was uncertain as to whether the FBAR due date would remain April 15 even in years (such as 2017) where April 15 falls on a weekend or legal holiday and the tax return due date is extended.
2 See: H.R. 3236, Surface Transportation and Veterans Health Care Choice Improvement Act of 2015, section 2006(b)(11) (PDF 166 KB) .
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